Vandals strike historic Jewish cemetery in Croatia


(JTA) — Several graves were damaged seriously in vandalism at a more than 400-year-old Jewish cemetery in Split, Croatia.

The vandals forced open three graves and damaged their headstones and fences between April 10 and April 13, according to Ana Lebl, the president of the Jewish community in Split. In addition, they knocked over and broke a fourth headstone and damaged other tombstone decoration. There are no suspects.

The vandals left no graffiti or slogans that pointed to an anti-Semitic motive for the attack.

“The damage was reported to the police, who came promptly and made written and photographic evidence,” Lebl said.

The cemetery, located above the city on Marjan Hill, was founded in 1573 and in use until 1945. It is listed as a cultural heritage monument.

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