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German Officials, Unions React Against Jewish Cemetery Desecration

Forty-five gravestones were damaged and 33 daubed with anti-Jewish slogans in the old Jewish cemetery in Luebeck, in northern Germany this weekend, police reported today.

Helmut Lemke, Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, denounced the desecrations. The German Trade Unions demanded severe punishment for the vandals, and the city of Luebeck has promised to help the Jewish community to restore the cemetery.