Jewish graves in Hungary desecrated

Jewish graves in Hungary desecrated

Over 50 headstones vandalized in crime 'motivated by racism'

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Fifty-seven Jewish tombs in the southwest of Hungary were desecrated over the weekend, the MTI Hungarian news agency reported on Monday.

The tombs contained remains of some 250 people buried in the Jewish cemetery of Kaposvar, according to sources quoted in the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

Jewish community leader Laszlo Rona told MTI the incident was “clearly motivated by racism.”

Damage to the cemetery and graves was estimated at $15,000, with headstones dating back to the 19th century knocked over and damaged.

There were two people involved in the vandalism, the Hurriyet reported, a conclusion based on footprints left in the muddy ground.

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