Members of the Jewish community of Corfu gathered at the local synagogue on Wednesday around a pile of ashen prayer books set on fire by vandals the day before and wept.
“It’s very difficult for us,” said Rabbi Shlomo Naftali, an Israeli rabbi who was flown over to Greece to conduct Passover ceremonies. “We stood around the books and cried. Now we’ll have to bury them.”
On Tuesday morning arsonists broke into the island’s only Jewish place of worship, piled prayer books and Torah scrolls on the bima and torched the ancient texts, some of which were hundreds of years old.