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Vandals desecrate Jewish cemetery

October 25, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Vandals rampaged through a sprawling Jewish cemetery in Bucharest, toppling tombstones and smashing markers for as many as 200 graves.

Jewish leaders said the scale of the destruction suggested the activity was organized. Other graves have been vandalized in Jewish cemeteries in recent years, but those attacks occurred in the provinces, and were more limited in scope.

Romania's Justice Ministry promised an investigation.

More than 40,000 Jews are buried in the cemetery in south Bucharest, including some victims of the Holocaust. None of the Holocaust victims' graves were vandalized.

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