Pollution and weather take toll on historic Jewish cemetery in Caribbean
Salt, wind and acrid smoke from nearby oil refinery have irreversibly blemished the 17th-century Beth Haim cemetery in Curacao, one of the oldest Jewish burial sites in the Western Hemisphere
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Headstones are pockmarked, their inscriptions faded. Stone slabs that have covered tombs for centuries are crumbling. White marble has turned gray, likely from the acrid smoke that spews from a nearby oil refinery. One of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere, Beth Haim on the island of Curacao, is slowly fading in the Caribbean sun.