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Warsaw to hand over ancient Jewish cemetery

(JTA) — The city of Warsaw agreed to hand over ownership of an ancient cemetery to Poland’s Jewish community.

The Brodno Cemetery, on the eastern banks of the Vistula River, will be handed over to the Jewish community in the coming weeks and undergo a major restoration operation this year, according to a report last week on the Gazeta website.

The 13-acre cemetery, which was established in 1780, came into the possession of the Polish state after its partial destruction by the Nazi occupying forces in the 1940s. It was designated to become a park, but  a part was preserved and restored by the Nissenbaum Family Foundation.

The cemetery saw its last burial in the 1940s, according to the Gazeta report.

 
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