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Old Jewish cemetery in Herat


In the midst of war and hate, in a remote corner of the world stands an old Jewish cemetery that was left unattended when the Jews left Herat, Afghanistan before the Russian take over 1978.

Near the town of Herat in Tchcharan, old graves were found on which the writing was in Persian and in the Hebrew language. The graves date from the 11th to the 13th centuries.

The Afghan Jewish Community in New York and Canada was able to have the cemetery western wall rebuilt and an iron door was erected to prevent further destruction of the cemetery.  With the help of the one concerned Afghan man this project was completed.