WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Vandals have defaced a monument in the Polish town of Jedwabne that commemorates a World War II massacre of Jews.
The monument commemorates the killings of July 10, 1941, when about 40 Poles hunted down Jews, closed them in a barn and burned alive, killing between 300 and 400 people. It was a case of local people collaborating with the Nazis in killing Jews during the Nazis' wartime occupation of much of Eastern Europe.
The vandals used green paint to spray the symbols of a swastika and "SS" - the name of an elite Nazi force - on the monument, as well as the phrases "I don't apologize for Jedwabne" and "they were flammable."
Police discovered the desecration Wednesday during a patrol and are trying to find the culprits.