Thirty-four Jewish victims of the Holocaust were laid to rest
near Stuttgart at a funeral service according to the
traditions of Jewish law. The remains of these victims were
discovered during work at a US Airforce Base near
Following representations by the Committee for the
Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe under the
guidance of Rabbi Elyokim Schlesinger, German State
authorities and US Military representatives agreed to leave
the remains of these Holocaust victims in place in order that
the respectful Jewish burial could take place on the site, a
former Nazi work camp.
The funeral took place under the auspices of Rabbi Yisroel
Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, and Rabbi Netanel Wurmser,
Rabbi of Stuttgart Jewish Community, assisted by Dayan A. D.
Dunner of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues of London,
representing the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish
Cemeteries in Europe.
The Conference of European Rabbis expressed its deep
gratitude to German Federal and State authorities as well as
to the United States Airforce for their sensitivity and
respect in following strict guidelines of Jewish law by
according a full respectful Jewish burial to these victims of
The Conference of European Rabbis also expressed its deep
tribute for the continuing work and commitment of Rabbi
Schlesinger and his committee in his work to afford full
respect to Jewish graves across Europe according to strict
guidelines of Jewish law.
The Conference of European Rabbis federates Jewish Religious
leaders in over forty European countries and includes all the
continents, Chief Rabbis and senior Rabbinical judges. The
CER holds consultancy status as an international NGO at the
Council of Europe and within the institutions of the European