Restoration of vandalised Jewish cemetery in Námestovo nearly completed

Wearing masks to work within Slovakia’s coronavirus restrictions, volunteers have almost fully completed the restoration of the Jewish cemetery in Námestovo, Slovakia, which suffered a vandal attack in December 2019 that saw at least 60 headstones toppled.

The cemetery’s Facebook page reported that restoration work (financed in large part through crowd-funding) began on April 2, three days after Slovakia relaxed some of its COVID-19 restrictions to allow the reopening of some shops and a resumption of some outdoor activities. Posts on the Facebook page since then have documented the work with pictures — and announced on April 23 that repairs were almost finished.

In addition to repairing, re-erecting, and resetting the toppled stones, organisers also installed a CCTV video monitoring system.

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