A ten-metre high swastika has been daubed on the factory of H. Forman & Sons, established by Aaron ‘Harry’ Forman, who fled pogroms, and his son, a Holocaust survivor. Lance Forman, the third generation in the business, is the current proprietor.
The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating. The crime is believed to have been committed at around 23:30 last night. Witnesses should call the police on 101, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass any information on. Officers are currently reviewing CCTV surveillance images.
Mr Forman tweeted: “Just returned from a business trip in the US to a call from my factory, that someone had done this!! A totally sick act. My father is a Holocaust survivor who fled the Nazis and came to the UK after the war. My great grandad and founder of Formans fled Antisemitic pogroms too.” He told the JC: “My dad fled the Nazis in Poland and is a Holocaust survivor who spent the war years as a child in a Siberian prison camp. He has worked with HET [the Holocaust Educational Trust] to teach children about the horrors of antisemitism. So the fact that we have been targeted in this antisemitic way is quite horrific and sick. The police have images of the culprits on CCTV and I sincerely hope they are tracked down.”
Mr Forman is currently a candidate for the Brexit Party and there has been some speculation that this antisemitic hate crime might have a political dimension.
Campaign Against Antisemitism condemns this appalling act of Jew-hatred committed at a time of increasing danger for Jews in Britain. We call on anybody who may have information about the incident or the perpetrators to do the right thing and contact the police.