Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. I, Nos. 3-4 / Winter 1997-98
Yugolav Cemetery

Yugoslav Cemetery Stones Toppled

The Jewish cemetery in Zemun, Yugoslavia, a town ruled by the Serbian ultra-nationalist Radical Party, was damaged in an attack in broad daylight, on July 24, 1997. Nine tombstones were toppled or damaged. Ancestors of Theodor Herzl are buried in the cemetery, but none of their graves were desecrated.

In Belgrade, the synagogue suffered two attacks in 1997, neither causing serious damage to the building. In February, a window in the synagogues was broken. At the time, community leaders did not report the incident and thought it was not due to anti-semitism. Later in the spring, however, a fire-bomb was thrown into the fenced-in synagogue yard, causing minor damage. (report filed by Ruth Ellen Gruber, Rome)

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