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German Town Restores Jewish Cemetery

The town of Neuwied in the Rhine valley will hire unemployed workers to restore the old Jewish cemetery there, it was just announced. They will be supervised by experts and Jewish representatives, including rabbis, who will be consulted in advance.

The number of workers to be hired was not stated. The project will be funded in part by the Federal Labor Office in Nuremburg. According to a spokesman for the town, the restored cemetery will be incorporated into a public park as a place for “meditation.”

A different development occurred in the town of Mayen where the local authorities rejected an initiative by high school students to restore a building that housed a Jewish school founded in 1878 and was the last vestige of Jewish life there after the Nazi era. The town fathers said the project could not be undertaken because of the high costs involved.