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Tombstones Desecrated in a Jewish Cemetery in Holland

February 2, 1982
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Anti-Semitic daubings were found on nine tombstones in the ancient Jewish cemetery at Middleburg in Southwest Holland. Although the vandalism was discovered last week, the incident was not reported until yesterday. The Middleburg public works department has cleaned the defaced stones and the local Jewish congregation has filed a criminal complaint against parties unknown.

One stone bore the inscription, “Jews stink.” Another was painted with the letters, AJB, believed to stand for “Anarchistische Jeugd Beweging” (Anarchistic Youth Movement), Middleburg had a large Jewish community dating from the 17th Century before World War II, but only a few Jews live there now.

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