Without the cemetery, since the synagogue and the mikveh remain, there is no sign today that Tállya was once a flourishing Jewish community.
“They found what appeared to be a hand-dug grave, other words it wasn’t done by machinery.”
The human remains were found near the village of Popricani, the site of a massacre of Jews carried out by Romanian troops allied with the Nazis.
“I’m just trying to apply the principle of returning dust to dust,” he said.
The Muslim charity CelebrateMercy has distributed more than $300,000 in crowdfunded donations to targeted Jewish institutions.
“It’s sickening, frightening. You don’t know who’s behind it, what else they will do. The people desecrated are my cousins. People I knew growing up.”
A Muslim charity linked to Linda Sarsour has faced questions about where the huge sum it raised to repair damaged Jewish cemeteries is going.
Like many Americans, Tayyib Rashid has been disturbed by the threats of anti-Semitic violence in recent weeks, particularly the vandalism of Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia. But unlike many Americans, Rashid, a Muslim veteran of the U.S. Marines, thought he could help do something about it.
This city’s share of the national spike in anti-Semitic incidents has been notable: Two JCCs have been evacuated because of bomb threats, and both the Chicago Loop Synagogue and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center have been vandalized and defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, among other events. But after seeing the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia, local cemetery managers and JCCs are bracing for worse to come.
The destruction of graves at the Jewish cemetery where my great-great-grandparents Moritz and Sarah Amsel Grossman are buried did not desecrate those lives, it sanctified them.