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Jews in Warsaw Seek Supervision of Graves of Famous Personalities

A committee appointed by the Jewish Cultural and Social Association of Poland to look after the graves and tombstones of the ancient Jewish cemetery on Gensza Street in Warsaw, has recommended that the monuments be permanently supervised to save them from decay, it was reported here today from the Polish capital.

Among the famous Jewish personalities whose tombstones were reported to be in good condition were Prof. Meir Balaban and Prof. Simon Ashkenazi, noted historians; Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof, the originator of Esperanto; Chaim Zelig Slonimski, founder and editor of the first Hebrew daily, Hatzefira; Gershon Sirota, the famous cantor; J. L. Feretz, S. Ansky and Jacob Dinenson, the three famed writers who share a mausoleum, and Esther Rachel Kaminska, the actress.

The committee will report on the graves of other Jewish personalities when further inventories are made at the cemetery within the next few weeks. The committee was appointed when it was discovered that a number of the tombstones of the cemetery in which many famous Jewish writers, scholars and leaders are buried, are now fading and others are crumbling.

The Jewish Cultural and Social Association of Poland is the central body of Polish Jewry which promotes Jewish cultural life in the country by maintaining Jewish schools, publishing books by Jewish authors and developing cultural clubs for Jewish adults.

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