cemeteries

Desecration of graves in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 26, 2014

A double attack on a Jewish cemetery in Manchester has been condemned by police as "sickening" and "the work of cruel racists".

North Manchester's Blackley cemetery was targeted twice in two weeks, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage to dozens of graves, including seven belonging to one family.

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Teacher’s tribute to Great War fallen heroes

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2014

A Jewish woman has completed a personal mission to record the last resting places of almost 3,000 Jewish soldiers who died in battle during the First World War.

Ruth Morris, an English teacher from Leeds, has spent the past two years painstakingly cross-referencing the names of fallen heroes listed in the British Jewry Book of Honour with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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CPS reviews Peak District tomb row decision

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing its decision not to prosecute a man who bulldozed a historic Jewish burial ground.

Landowner Anthony Bevis flattened 100-year-old tombs in woodland in the Peak District, near Sheffield.

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Callous thief tries to steal Freud’s ashes

By Rosa Doherty, January 15, 2014

Police did not have to order a psychologist’s report to know the mindset of the thief who attempted to steal the urn containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife.

“Callous and despicable” was the assessment of the burglar who broke into the crematorium in Hoop Lane Golders Green, on New Year’s eve, and removed the urn from the chapel where it was on display.

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Pleas to restore historic cemetery in Penzance

By pat lidiker, December 16, 2013

The 250-year-old Penzance Jewish Cemetery is in need of £20,000 for a restoration project.

Leslie Lipert, treasurer of Cornwall’s Kehillat Kernow is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of this “fine example” of a Georgian Jewish cemetery.

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Manchester mortuary repaired

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

The Jewish mortuary at Manchester General Hospital has been repaired after a fire in March which caused damaged estimated at £50,000. The fire was started by a discarded cigarette. Although the police did not suspect malicious intent, the hospital has bolstered security measures.

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Family’s agony in battle over soldier’s gravestone

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

The family of a Jewish First World War soldier have spoken of their heartache that his grave is still marked by a cross nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.

Corporal Joseph Nossek was buried in a war cemetery in France in July 1916 but his headstone does not display a Star of David.

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U-turn means World War One hero will be honoured

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

A Jewish First World War Victoria Cross hero will be honoured in a national tribute after a U-turn by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The government had planned to commemorate all the British-born VC winners in the 1914-18 conflict with special paving stones laid in their home towns.

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Battle over First World War soldiers’ graves

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Authorities are refusing to replace crosses on the headstones of two First World War soldiers with stars of David, despite acknowledging that evidence exists showing that the soldiers were Jewish.

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Topless model photo shoot at Jewish cemetery

By Zoe Winograd, August 20, 2013

A Polish photographer has been criticised for using a half-naked model in a photo shoot at a Jewish cemetery.

Photographer Lukasz Szczygielski asked a topless model wearing a necklace with a cross to pose against headstones in an attempt to bring attention to the neglected cemetery in Checiny.

“The cemetery is forgotten,” he told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.

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