Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ten Jewish Tombstones Smashed in Romania; Are Wrecked on Holocaust Remembrance Day

An anti-Semitic organization said that vandals smashed 10 tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in "a premeditated act," the Times of Israel website reports today (April 26, 2017).

The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania said the tombstones were broken into pieces -- perhaps by using sledgehammers --  at the Jewish cemetery in southern Bucharest overnight on April 24, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis are commemorated in Israel.

Romania deported 150,000 Jews and 25,000 Roma to concentration camps in an area of the Soviet Union controlled by the Axis powers from 1942 to 1944, when the country was run by pro-Nazi dictator Ion Antonescu.

An estimated 6,000 Jews live in Romania today.

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