Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jewish tombstones desecrated in Slovakia

Despite the fact that no Jews have resided in the Slovakian town of Zvolen since the days of the Holocaust, it appears anti-Semitism hasn't left the region.

A Jewish cemetery in the area was recently desecrated when unknown individuals broke into its gates and spray-painted hate slogans on the site's walls and tombstones.

Eyal Bloch, whose father grew up in Zvolen and escaped the town when World War II broke out, saw pictures of the desecration. He told Ynet that the town's cemetery contains the graves of the majority of the local Jewish community, which originally consisted of 700 (ed - according to JewishGen the Jewish population stoof at 611 in 1910) members who died during the Holocaust.

Only 10 survivors originally from Zvolen currently live in Israel, in addition to Bloch's father, who fought as a partisan in its nearby forests.

Bloch noted that over the years the townsmen stole dozens of tombstones from the cemetery, which makes it harder for Jews arriving in the region to trace the burial spots of their relatives. "My father warned me over the years not to deal with what's going on in the cemetery since the population there is very anti-Semitic. When I showed him the photos he was horrified. "

He further noted that in the past there were 500 tombstones in the cemetery and now only 50 remain due to repeated desecration's. (YNET)

Click here to read the entire article. For more information about Zvolen, click here and here for more information about Jews from Slovakia.

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