Statue of Vera Katz vandalized on the Eastbank Esplanade

Photo from Keith Lachowitz

PORTLAND, Ore. – Vandals defaced a statue of former Portland Mayor and State Representative Vera Katz overnight Wednesday.

The graffiti included a spray painted swastika across the chest of the bronze statue.

Written on the wall next to the Katz statue are the words “Vera wants affordable housing.” It’s not immediately known whether the vandalism on the wall is from the same person that defaced the statue with paint.

The city unveiled the statue back in 2006, the year after she left the mayor’s office. It sits along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade – a biking and running trail dedicated in 2004 along the east side of the Willamette River.

Katz was born to a Jewish family in Germany in 1933. When she was 2 months old, her family fled to France during Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, based on information from her Wikipedia page. Her family immigrated to New York City in the following years.

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