Vandals strike Polish cemetery


WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Teenage vandals are suspected of overturning five tombstones and causing other damage at the Jewish cemetery in Lublin.

The damage to the cemetery in southeastern Poland was discovered on Saturday, according to reports. The alleged vandals were caught by passers-by.

One of the overturned tombstones — in a part of the cemetery still used for burials — revealed the inside of the tomb. The vandals also smashed flower vases and candles.

“We will check what motives guided them, but there were no anti-Semitic inscriptions at the cemetery,” said Andrzej Fijolek of the Lublin police.

The cemetery, which was founded in 1829, was devasted during World War II by the Germans, who used the tombstones to build a road in the Majdanek concentration camp. Today there are about 50 tombstones at the cemetery.

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