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Jewish Cemetery Desecrated Near Albany; 14 Tombstones Overturned

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A Jewish cemetery on the outskirts of Albany was desecrated sometime in the last few nights, 14 tombstones being overturned and a number of others being smeared with defamatory slogans, it was discovered today. However, it was noted that no swastikas were in evidence.

The cemetery is one consecrated for the use of members of the local branch of the Workmen’s Circle, and the discovery of the outrage was made by Carl Rosen Kopf, district secretary of the Jewish fraternal organization. He reported the desecration to state police, who said they would start an immediate investigation in an effort to find the perpetrators.

Leaders of the local Jewish community, angered over the manifestation, said, however, that they believed no anti-Semitism but simply vandalism was involved. They pointed to the fact that several other cemeteries near the Workmen’s Circle burial grounds had been damaged, although the worst of the desecrations took place in the Workmen’s Circle site.

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