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Swiss Children Pitch in at Cemetery

A group of schoolchildren have volunteered to help clean up a Zurich cemetery that was the target of recent vandalism.

Two 11-year-old boys confessed earlier last month to the June 17 desecration of more than 100 gravestones at Switzerland’s oldest Jewish cemetery. It was the second or perhaps third recent vandalism of the site.

Interviewed on Swiss television, the children, ages 11 to 18, explained that their volunteer effort was a way of showing their solidarity with the Jews and of registering their disapproval of racist acts.

A police spokesman said the desecration should not be brushed off as “nasty kids’ games.”

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