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Orthodox Rabbis to Petition Bonn on Restoration of East European Cemeteries

The World Center of European Rabbis will send a rabbinical delegation to Bonn to seek indemnification from the West German Government to permit the restoration and repair of some 500 Jewish cemeteries in East Europe which had been destroyed by the Nazis, it disclosed today.

A rabbinical conference in Jerusalem, the World Center reported, had filed claims with the West German Government for the reconstruction of 2,000 cemeteries. On July 31, the West German Government informed the organization that it could not grant the request because of budgetary difficulties. The delegation will ask Bonn, meanwhile, to provide funds for 500 cemeteries “where our great rabbis and scholars are buried, which are over a thousand years old and are shrines to which Jews from all over the world used to pilgrimage.”