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200 Jewish Cemeteries Desecrated in Germany Since Occupation, U.S. Commissioner States

Two hundred of a total of 500 Jewish cemeteries in Germany have been desecrated since the Germans surrendered in 1945, it was reported today by U.S. Commissioner for Hesse, James R. Newman. The American official also addressed a request to Christian Stock, Prime Minister of the province of Hesse, to take immediate measures against prejudice and religious hatreds.

U.S. Commissioner for Wuerttemberg-Baden Gen. Charles P. Gross today sent a special American investigator to Hemsbach, located near Mannheim, to check on the week-end desecration of the Jewish cemetery there. Hemsbach police announced that the vandalism was the work of children ranging in age from five to 17.

Three young Germans were arrested at Wermelskirchen, near Dusseldorf, in the British zone, for desecrating a memorial to Jewish victims of the Nazis and overturning tombstones in the local Jewish cemetery, it was reported here today.