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Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw, Untouched by Nazis, in State of Disrepair

The Gensza St. cemetery, the only Jewish institution in Warsaw that the Nazis did not have time to destroy, is in a state of serious disrepair, filled with litter and overgrown with weeds, the Yiddish weekly Folkstimme reported from Warsaw this week. The periodical, a publication of the Jewish Cultural and Social Association, attributed the poor state of the burial ground to the fact that most Jews have left Poland. It called for volunteers among the remaining Jews of Warsaw to clean up the cemetery and restore it. According to Folkstimme, it is still a major attraction for tourists because it contains the graves of many prominent Jews, among them the writer J.L. Peretz and Dr. Ludwig Zamenhoff, the inventor of Esperanto.