Ancient Jewish Tombstones Hidden From Nazis During WWII Rediscovered In Vienna

Posted by admin on Jul 11, 2013

It was 1943 when Vienna’s Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city’s oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be leveled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence there be destroyed.

Desperate to save their heritage, the city’s shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands.

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