cemeteries

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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