Poland’s Jewish cemeteries are in a poor state of repairBefore World War II, Poland was home to about 3.5 million Jews, the largest Jewish community in Europe.Some 90% of them were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Today there are only a few thousand Jews left in Poland to look after the country’s 1,400-or-so Jewish cemeteries, most of which are overgrown or in ruins.But now prisoners have volunteered to take part in a nationwide programme organised by the prison service and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.”Our main aim is to preserve some elements of Jewish culture in Poland,” says prison service spokesman, Nikodem Banas.”There are some side benefits of course,” he added.”It gets the prisoners used to working and it helps destroy the stereotypes which still exist in Polish and Israeli culture. Thanks to this programme anti-Semitism can be defeated and the prisoners can learn a lot about Jews.”