Jewish cemetery vandalized in southern Poland for second time

Marcy Oster

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Unknown vandals destroyed nine tombstones at the Jewish cemetery in Bielsko-Biala in southern Poland.

Among the damaged tombstones was that of Karol Korn, an architect who designed and built nearly the entire city center and also built the funeral building on the premises of the cemetery, Dorota Wiewiora, president of the Jewish Community in Bielsko-Biala, told the Polish Press Agency.

Two months ago the cemetery also was vandalized. Seven gravestones were destroyed in that attack.

The cemetery in Bielsko-Biala was founded in the first half of the nineteenth century. Not only Jews, but also four Muslims who died during World War I, are buried there.

In June 2000, a commemorative plaque was unveiled in the cemetery in honor of Jewish inhabitants of Bielsko-Biała who died during WWII fighting for Poland in the Polish army. There continue to be burials in the cemetery.

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