More than 40 Jewish graves desecrated in Koethen

More than 40 graves at a Jewish cemetery were vandalized in Germany, officials said on Wednesday.

The crime occurred sometime between September 15 and 19, 2023, according to a joint statement by police and prosecutors in Dessau-Rosslau, part of eastern Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state.

The cemetery is located some 16 miles away in Koethen. Most of the damage to the graves involved them being pushed over. The cemetery served as the final resting place for the community in the 400 years of recorded history of Jews in the village.

The cost of the damage is estimated at 20,000 euros ($21,500).

Police have opened an investigation.


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