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Dutch city returns Jewish cemeteries

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The city of Vlissingen in the Netherlands has returned two Jewish cemeteries to the region’s Jewish community.

Vlissingen took possession of the cemeteries after the Jewish community was destroyed in the Holocaust.

The land was signed over last week to the Jewish community  at an official ceremony in Vlissingen, a city of approximately 50,000 residents.

Most Jewish cemeteries in the Netherlands belong to Jewish communities, but Vlissingen was an exception, said Ruben Vis, secretary of the NIK, the umbrella organization of Dutch Jewish bodies. He added the cemeteries would become active burial places because the Jewish cemetery in nearby Middelburg was full. — jta


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