WARSAW (Sep. 4)
Vandals struck the Jewish cemetery of Cracow, resulting in the desecration of 15 graves, the World Jewish Congress reported today. According to the WJC, the report of the incident first appeared in the major Polish newspaper, “Tygodnik Powszechny,” and was reprinted in the Yiddish weekly published by the Jewish community, “Folks-Sztyme.”
One of the desecrated graves was that of Maurycy Gottlieb, generally acknowledged to be the greatest Jewish painter in Poland’s history. Gottieb was a student of the great Polish artist Jan Matenko, which was the probable reason for the report of the desecration appearing in the Polish press.