Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich described the excavation as the worst desecration of a Jewish cemetery he has seen during the 17 years he has been a rabbi in the country. An official with the local authorities, Bogumila Kazimierczak, insisted that the building work did not take place on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery, but on already developed land that is managed by an automobile association. Poland, which was home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the Holocaust, has more than 1,000 Jewish cemeteries across Poland. "It's essential that local authorities protect them because there is no local Jewish voice to protect the memory of those who died," Taylor said. ———This story has been corrected to reflect that part of the cemetery was returned to the Jewish community after communism.
Source: ABC News December 07, 2017 13:08 UTC