Rome: Vandals have defaced the walls of a Rome museum, which celebrates the resistance to Nazi occupation, with graffiti that calls the Holocaust "Zionist propaganda".
The site of the Historical Museum of the Liberation was used as a prison by Nazis during the occupation of the city until it was liberated by Allied troops in 1944.
Police have opened an investigation into the possible involvement of extreme right-wing groups who sprayed the anti-Semitic scribble as Pope Benedict XVI and Italian political leaders prepared to mark Holocaust Remembrance day on Wednesday.
Swastikas, Celtic crosses and graffiti denouncing leaders of Rome`s Jewish community, the city`s Mayor Alemanno, Israel and the US were also sprayed onto walls of buildings in the area.
The Nazis killed almost all the 1,000 Jews deported from Rome in 1943.