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Old Jewish tombstones unearthed in central Brest


Old Jewish tombstones were unearthed during excavations near an outpatient clinic in central Brest earlier this month, Barys Bruk, leader of the city’s Jewish community, told BelaPAN.

The first tombstone was discovered as soon as workers removed the asphalt layer on April 8 and a total of 12 tombstones were found as of Friday.

The tombstones, which are some 50 centimeters wide and about 150 centimeters tall, appear to have been removed from the graves of rabbis by Nazi troops.

“The tombstones lie one beside another. There was a Gestapo building during the Great Patriotic War here. Nazi troops made a parade ground of them,” Mr. Bruk said.

All tombstones are to be taken to the Brest Fortress war memorial, where some 2,000 such pieces are already kept. They are expected to be used in the creation of a memorial at the site where a Jewish cemetery once was and where the Lakamatyw stadium was built later.

“People call and tell me about such finds or simply bring them to the former cemetery site. Residents of the city understand that this is not only a historical value but also the memory of ancestors that must be preserved,” Mr. Bruk said.

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