Czech Jewish cemetery desecrated

June 30, 2009 18:34

A Jewish cemetery has been desecrated in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, members of the community there said Tuesday. Jaroslav Klenovsky, a member of the Jewish community in nearby Brno, said 63 tombstones were overturned at the cemetery in Uhersky Ostroh, some 280 kilometers southeast of Prague. He said the cemetery, which dates back to 1862 and is no longer used for burials, contains a total of 300 tombstones. Police said several tombstones were broken and said they were investigating. Sunday's incident took place when Holocaust survivors, Jewish groups and government officials from almost 50 countries were gathering in Prague to assess efforts to return property and possessions stolen by the Nazis during World War II to their rightful owners or heirs.

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