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Headstones smashed at Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

Vandalism was discovered by a Ukrainian Jew who has helped raise donations for renovating the cemetery.

An old Jewish headstone in a cemetery
An old Jewish headstone in a cemetery

Multiple headstones were destroyed at the Jewish cemetery of Malyn in Ukraine.

The damage at the graveyard, which is about 60 miles northwest of the capital Kyiv, was discovered last week, according to a Facebook post by Evgeny Gorodetsky, a Ukrainian Jew who has helped raise donations for renovating the cemetery.

Police have no leads in their attempt to identify the culprits.

Last month, headstones were desecrated at Jewish cemeteries in neighbouring Moldova and Hungary.

One of the headstones smashed in Malyn was of Faina and Gregory Getz, a husband and wife who were buried in 1965 and 1947, respectively. A new marble headstone installed by their families on the joint plot featuring the couple’s portraits and a Star of David was smashed to pieces.

В этот раз не хорошие новости. К сожалению, вандалы не обошли вниманием и Малинское еврейское кладбище. Было разрушено…

Posted by Evgeny Gorodetsky on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The perpetrators also climbed into some fenced burial plots to smash headstones, which collapsed against the fencing.

In 2012, the Council of Europe adopted a non-binding resolution placing responsibility for the care of Jewish cemeteries on national governments. The resolution was based in part on a report that said Jewish cemeteries are “probably” more vulnerable than other cemeteries.

In addition to frequent vandalism, including for antisemitic reasons, at Jewish cemeteries, the report also noted instances of cemeteries in Eastern Europe that have been turned into “residential areas, public gardens, leisure parks, army grounds and storage sites; some have been turned into lakes.”

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