Lone Struggle To Keep Tunisian Cemetery Alive

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By Nate Lavey

Published June 12, 2012, issue of June 15, 2012.
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After years of decay and neglect, the Jewish cemetery in Tunis is overgrown, unkempt and could be declared ‘abandoned’ by the Tunisian government a status that could result in its redevelopment. The fate of the cemetery rests on a few caretakers like Joseph Krief, a native-born Tunisian Jew, who has tried for years without success to organize a campaign to clean and restore the cemetery. In April, the Forward met with Krief to hear about the history of the cemetery and the threat that it could be destroyed.

Read Nate Lavey’s account of Tunisia’s Jewish community’s effort to find its place in the country’s new democratic order.


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