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.


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.


Fears over burial site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2013

Fears have been raised that children’s graves in Manchester could be dug up as part of ongoing sewage works. The closed Collyhurst Jewish burial ground in north Manchester was used mainly to bury children of poor families until the late 19th century.


Tombstones hidden from the Nazis uncovered in Vienna

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

Hundreds of Jewish tombstones which were hidden from the Nazis have been uncovered in Vienna.

Memorials at the Rossau site, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Vienna, were buried in 1943 by the few Jews who remained in the Austrian capital. They were unearthed during a recent renovation.


On an Atlantic isle, Morocco honours its lost Sephardim

By Bernard Josephs, May 17, 2013

It was an unlikely setting for a Jewish cemetery and the group, there to attend a rededication ceremony, was also out of the ordinary.

Among those gathered at the event in Cape Verde, an archipelago of islands 300 miles off the coast of Senegal, were high ranking Americans, Europeans and Moroccans, including a representative of King Mohammed VI, a major benefactor of the project.


Lviv to stop using Jewish gravestones as paving

By Nissan Tzur, March 7, 2013

The municipality of Lviv, Ukraine, has announced that it will stop using Jewish headstones as construction material.

The Soviet Red Army used the tombstones in the years following the Second World War to pave the town’s streets and the central market, and to rebuild buildings that had been destroyed in the fighting.


Cemetery chiefs pin hopes of sale on public inquiry

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish cemetery representatives are hoping that a public inquiry verdict will generate the funding needed to renovate a burial ground.


Burial area reviving interest in early Bath

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

South-West community leaders have launched an appeal to save the 200-year-old Jewish burial ground in Bath.

The Greendown Place area was created to serve the small Bath community in 1812 but later abandoned as members moved to Bristol in the early 1900s. The unkempt site has been renovated by the Friends of the burial ground, which has 150 supporters, and the Combe Down Heritage Group.