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Berlin's oldest Jewish cemetery renovated
Associated Press
2009-12-17 07:57 PM
Renovation work on Berlin's oldest Jewish cemetery has been finished with the reinstallation of 20 tombstones.

Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin recited the Kaddish _ the Jewish prayer of mourning _ Thursday at the cemetery in downtown Berlin and presented the tombstones at their new location on the cemetery's southern wall. They are protected by a newly installed roof.

The cemetery was built in 1672 by Jews who had found refuge in Berlin after being chased from Vienna. The famous German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn was buried here in 1786.

After the cemetery's destruction during the Nazi era, gravestones were kept at a different cemetery for years.

The renovation cost (EURO)26,000 ($38,000) and was paid for by the city of Berlin and the local Jewish community.

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