Denmark: 80 headstones vandalized in a Jewish cemetery dating back to 1807

Denmark: 80 headstones vandalized in a Jewish cemetery dating back to 1807

Over 80 tombstones were spray-painted by anti-Semitic vandals at the Ostre Kirkegard Jewish cemetery dating back to 1807 in Randers, a Danish town in Jutland.

“More than 80 gravestones were daubed with green graffiti and some were overturned at the Ostre Kirkegard cemetery,” a statement from local police said.

Police said a complaint had been made Saturday but added that they did not know when the vandalism had occurred.

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“We have one of the oldest Jewish burial sites and will always cherish it,” said the mayor of the town Torben Hansen.

The Randers cemetery dates back to the early 19th century when the town’s 200-strong Jewish community was Denmark’s largest outside the capital Copenhagen, which is today home to most of the country’s 6,000 Jews.

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