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Cologne Jewry to Care for Ancient Cemetery

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The old Jewish cemetery in Cologne, which dates back for about 2,000 years to the days of the Romans, has been taken under their care by the two congregations of Cologne.

Rabbi Dr. Kober, speaking at the dedication service, said: “This is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Cologne, the old Jewish possession in Cologne, and after Rome probably the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Western countries, kept in use since the days of the Romans right up to 1695. It could tell us much of the martyrdom of the Jewish faith and of the heroes of the Jewish spirit. The burial place consecreated by such dead will now remain always as a testimony to the Jewish community of Cologne.”