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Bamberg Mayor Tells Jews City Will Pay Damages for Desecrated Cemetery

Mayor Theodor Mathieu informed the head of the Jewish community here today that the city will pay for the material damage resulting from the overthrow of tombstones and their desecration by swastikas in the Jewish cemetery here. In that anti-Semitic action, over a month ago, 23 graves were smeared and overturned. The cost of repairing the material damage is expected to be about 15,000 marks (nearly $4,000).

The puzzling situation here is the fact that the local police has, so far, not succeeded in apprehending the perpetrators of that anti-Semitic act and of other, similar anti-Jewish acts, despite the condemnation of these manifestations by the city officials, press and population. Nor have the regional police authorities discovered as yet any clue to the smearers of Nazi swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans in this city, which has a very small Jewish population.