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4 Students Admit Overturning Gravestones in Ancient Jewish Cemetery Near Cologne

Four young students have admitted to overturning gravestones in the ancient Jewish cemetery of Koln-Deutz near Cologne, it was reported today. Police said the vandalism was a clear case of hooliganism, and was not politically motivated. The governor of Cologne, Guenther Heidecke, sent a message of sympathy to the local Jewish community.

The vandalism occurred between Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 at the cemetery which has not been used as a burial ground for 30 years. The story was kept from the press until last Friday. It has since been given wide coverage in newspapers and on radio.