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Date: Mon,  13 Sep 93 22:51 +0200
To: Ken McVay 

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                            Reuters News Service.

Monday 13-Sep-93 12:02 PM


    POTSDAM, [GERMANY] (Reuter) - Three 14-year-old boys have
confessed to scrawling swastikas on some gravestones and
overturning others at a Jewish cemetery in eastern [GERMANY],
prosecutors said Monday.
    Seventeen grave markers were damaged and neo-Nazi graffiti
were painted on 23 others at the cemetery in the small town of
Wriezen, about 50 miles northeast of Berlin in what used to be
communist East [GERMANY]. Police discovered the damage Sept. 6 but
the vandalism occurred several days earlier.
    The graffiti included the letters FAP -- the initials of the
Free German Workers' Party, an increasingly high-profile
neo-Nazi group that the Bonn government is trying to ban.
    Dieter Bannenberg, spokesman for regional prosecutors in
Frankfurt-on-the-Oder, said charges would be filed in court
Tuesday against the boys, who under juvenile protection laws
were not named.
    Jewish cemeteries and memorials to victims of the Holocaust
have been repeatedly attacked by neo-Nazis in a two-year wave of
xenophobic and anti-Semitic violence. No Jewish victims have
been among at least 28 foreigners and Germans killed in attacks
by neo-Nazi gangs in that period.

(c) Reuters News Service.

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