A place of reverence and peace for Launceston's Jewish community has been targeted in a racist attack.
The Reich family visit the Jewish section of the Carr Villa cemetery at Kings Meadows on a weekly basis to pay their respects.
On Thursday afternoon, Emma Reich and her daughter discovered one of the headstones had been vandalised with a white supremacy sticker.
Husband Ari Reich said his wife was too upset to speak, but believed the attack was targeted due to its timing.
It occurred during a period of solemn remembrance for the Jewish community, with last week marking the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Kristallnacht or 'The Night of Broken Glass' marks a significant turning point in European Jewish history, where 7000 Jewish-owned business and synagogues were ransacked across Germany and Austria in 1938.
"It's an important Holocaust memorial day, so it feels very, very targeted," Mr Reich said.
"We've been in Tasmania for quite some time and it's the first time we've seen something like this."
Mr Reich said he was additionally disturbed by the intent and forethought of the vandalism.
"It's not like it's random graffiti, it's a printed sticker," he said.
"So how many more are there?"
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich condemned the act and called it "repulsive".
"The desecration of the dead is a hate crime, pure and simple, it's aim was to intimidate and sow fear," Dr Abramovich said.
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"To violate the sanctity of those who are deceased and to trample on their memory with the dangerous rhetoric of white supremacism is a cause of grave concern.
"An attack on one religious community is an attack on all faith communities."
Chabad of Tasmania Rabbi Yochanan Gordon said the community had been deeply pained by the "senseless act".
"In Judaism a gravestone is a sacred place and is a persons connection to their loved one in the afterlife," Rabbi Gordon said.
"Racism hurts not only minority groups but the entire community.
"The Jewish Community is resilient and has overcome and continues to overcome anti-Semitic attacks that have come our way."
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten condemned the act and encouraged anyone who witnessed vandalism of a headstone to contact Tasmania Police.
Council confirmed the sticker had since been removed.
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