Stolen Pol­ish grave­stones laid to rest

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NIS­SAN TZUR

MORETHAN1,000head­stones,taken from the old “Brodno” Jewish ceme­tery in War­saw and used to build a per­gola and stairs in a lo­cal park, are be­ing re­turned and pre­served.

Jonny Daniels, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of From the Depths, a lo­cal Holo­caust me­mo­rial or­gan­i­sa­tion, said: “Af­ter we brought the largest-ever del­e­ga­tion of Is­raeli law­mak­ers to visit AuschwitzBirke­nau this Jan­uary, a Pol­ish jour­nal­ist con­tacted me and told me that there is a park in War­saw which is built us­ing Jewish head­stones. I found it hard to be­lieve, but we went there and it was true.

“In a very short time I was at the War­saw mayor’s of­fice. I told them that th­ese are head­stones of our peo­ple, our families. They asked for time to think.

“Two weeks later, I was there again and told them that there were two op­tions: we will or­gan­ise a mass protest ev­ery day, or they re­turn the head­stones to the ceme­tery.”

Two days later, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­cided to al­lo­cate $160,000 to a plan to re­turn the head­stones to Brodno, the largest Jewish ceme­tery in War­saw and one of the largest in Europe. It is be­lieved that 300,000 peo­ple have been buried there. Cur­rently, how­ever, only 3,000 grave sites ex­ist.

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