Bulgaria: Tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery dating back to the 19th century

Bulgaria Tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery dating back to the 19th century

Anti-Semitic vandals of unknown ethnicity have damaged tombstones at the Jewish cemetery in the town of Shoumen in north-eastern Bulgaria.

The Jewish cemetery in Shoumen dates from the 19th century, though there was an earlier burial place for the Jewish community in the town.

Bulgaria Tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery dating back to the 19th century (4)

“We hope that the responsible institutions will find the perpetrators and ensure that such actions will not be repeated in the future,” the regional organization of the Jews in Bulgaria said in a statement.

Bulgaria Tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery dating back to the 19th century (2)

Bulgaria Tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery dating back to the 19th century (3)

This is the latest in a series of antisemitic attacks in which the Jewish cemetery in the town was desecrated. In 2008 the vandals were caught and handed a court order to attend an educational program against antisemitism.

Last month, more than 40 gravestones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in the western German town of Geilenkirchen.

A few days before, anti-Semitic vandals of unknown ethnicity damaged some 22 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in northern Slovakia, the second such hate crime in the country in December.

On December 16, 59 gravestones were found knocked down and set on fire in the Jewish cemetery of Namestovo, a town in northern Slovakia near the Polish border.