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Graves vandalized at Jewish cemetery in Hungarian city

A number of graves dating as far back as the late 1800s were of ancestors were vandalized in Hungary

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Desecrated tombstones of a Jewish cemetery (Source: Reuters)

The leader of a small Hungarian Jewish community said that about 20 graves have been vandalized in a Jewish cemetery.

Peter Weisz said 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.

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 mentioned, adding that relations with other religious groups in the city of 30,000 people were “exemplary.”

In 2014, Hungary commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, when 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed.