Vandals Destroy Slovak Jewish Graves

BRATISLAVA - Vandals damaged more than 100 graves at a Slovak Jewish cemetery in what local officials called the country's worst attack on the Jewish community since the second world war, the TASR news agency has reported.

Quoting witnesses to the damage, TASR said Sunday that police had begun an investigation into the damaged gravestones in the oldest Orthodox part of the largest Jewish cemetery in Slovakia, located in the eastern city of Kosice.

Two police spokesmen contacted by Reuters said they had no official information on the incident. Jaroslov Franek, a spokesman for the Jewish community in Slovakia, told Reuters he could not confirm the TASR story.

According to the agency, police have not ruled out a connection between the vandalism and the 113th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth on Saturday. Witnesses said the vandalism appeared to have been committed by a rather large group of people.