20 Jewish Graves Desecrated – Remains Scattered in Hungarian Cemetery
Between 15 and 20 graves were vandalized including two crypts and the remains desecrated.
Twenty graves were vandalized at a Jewish Cemetery in Gyongyos, Hungary. The remains were reportedly scattered around the cemetery.
The Times of Israel reported:
The leader of a small Hungarian Jewish community says about 20 graves have been vandalized in a Jewish cemetery
Peter Weisz says the damage to the graves in the northeastern city of Gyongyos, including the scattering of human remains, was “unprecedented.”
The office of Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemned the “barbaric deed” on Sunday and vowed to launch a program this year to renovate neglected cemeteries.
Weisz said a number of graves dating as far back as the late 1800s were of ancestors of some of the 80 current members of the recently re-established Jewish community in Gyongyos. Weisz said relations with other religious groups in the city of 30,000 people were “exemplary.”
Last year, more than 50 gravestones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in northeast Hungary.
HUNGARY: About 20 graves vandalized and damaged in a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern city of Gyongyos. – (Haaretz)
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During World War II, the Nazis, supported by their Hungarian allies Arrow Cross movement, deported and murdered in Hungary more than 400,000 Jews.