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Desecrations, particularly of cemeteries, are not a new phenomenon in Alsace. The anti-Semitic nature of which, especially when it is a question of Jewish cemeteries, has long been stressed. Pastor Chavannes mentioned the desecrations of Christian cemeteries and evoked evidence of a possible link with Satanist groups. In Alsace more than elsewhere, Nazi symbols are undoubtedly interpreted with caution, avoiding over-simplified explanations. The turmoil created by the desecrations was amplified by the mystery which, on most occasions, surrounds the authors and their motives, which are open to the most diverse interpretations. The Muslim and Jewish communities appeared to be anxious to support each other. The public demonstrations of support for each other as the various desecrations occurred and the concern for equity demonstrated by the authorities in the handling of the affairs allowed any competition between the victims to be avoided.

Keywords: Alsace; anti-Semitic nature; cemeteries; Desecrations; Jewish community; Nazi symbols; Satanist group



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