Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hundreds of Jewish marble headstones, dumped in a lot located in Stavroupoli, one of Thessaloniki's central districts, have been placed at the Jewish cemetery of the area, Thessaloniki Jewish Community leader and Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) President David Saltiel told Athens-Macedonian News Agency on December 19.

A total of 668 parts of marble headstones, some of them engraved, were found in a plot that belonged to an 83-year-old man. The headstones  were from the old Jewish cemetery that was destroyed by the Nazis during WWII, which led to the looting of the graves and the scattering of the headstones across the city.

The old cemetery, which used to be situated in the area where Thessaloniki's university campus was later built, was quite large, numbering roughly 400,000 graves, but only a few headstones have survived.