Pristina, Kosovo – Kosovo’s Neglected Jewish Cemetery Restored

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    Students of the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire joined by students of the American University in Kosovo (AUK) participate in a dedication ceremony in the Jewish Cemetery in the capital Pristina on Thursday, June 23, 2011. APPristina, Kosovo – American and Kosovo students have cleared out debris out of the neglected Jewish cemetery, a lone remaining sign of the dwindling community in this predominantly Muslim country.

    The students said they spent a week to uncover graves left unattended since the end of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and restore the writings on the tombstones, most of them dating from the late 19th century.

    The American students came to Kosovo after a trip to Poland where they saw the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp as part of their studies into genocide.

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    Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia has vowed never to accept Kosovo’s statehood.

    Students of the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA,  joined by students of the American University in Kosovo (AUK) read the names of Jewish families that perished during WWII  during a  dedication ceremony in the Jewish Cemetery in the capital Pristina on Thursday, June 23, 2011. AP

    A stone is placed on top of a grave headstone as students of the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire joined by students of the American University in Kosovo (AUK) pray during a dedication ceremony in the Jewish Cemetery in the capital Pristina on Thursday, June 23, 2011.  Students gathered to clear clear debris from neglected Jewish graves and restore what is a lone remaining sign of a dwindling community in this majority Muslim country. The students, from Dartmouth College spent a week to uncover graves left unattended since the end of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and restore the tombstone inscriptions, many dating from the late 19th century. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    The entrance into a Jewish cemetery as students of the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA,  joined by students of the American University in Kosovo (AUK) participate in a dedication ceremony in the capital Pristina on Thursday, June 23, 2011.  Students gathered to clear clear debris from neglected Jewish graves and restore what is a lone remaining sign of a dwindling community in this majority Muslim country. The students, from Dartmouth College spent a week to uncover graves left unattended since the end of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and restore the tombstone inscriptions, many dating from the late 19th century. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    A student of the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, Lauren Pace,  21, from North Potomac, Maryland places stones onto a grave following a dedication ceremony in the Jewish Cemetery in the capital Pristina on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Students gathered to clear clear debris from neglected Jewish graves and restore what is a lone remaining sign of a dwindling community in this majority Muslim country. The students, from Dartmouth College spent a week to uncover graves left unattended since the end of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and restore the tombstone inscriptions, many dating from the late 19th century. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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