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World-center of European Rabbis Launch Campaign to Preserve Jewish Cemeteries

A campaign to preserve Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe and to alert the United Nations of any attempts to destroy such sites, is under way under the auspices of the World-Center of European Rabbis. The organization is seeking to establish “Gidrei Avot”–groups concerned with fencing-in cemeteries throughout Eastern Europe. The campaign was initiated at a meeting here sponsored by the World-Center amid reports of attempts by some Eastern European governments to destroy some Jewish graveyards because there is allegedly no one to care for them. Action taken after similar conferences in recent years here and in Montreal has saved cemeteries in Poland and Czechoslovakia and the monuments to the Baal Shem Tov and the Rabbi of Opta.