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Torah scroll stolen by Nazis for their post-Holocaust “Jewish museum” returns to service in Prague



(JTA) – A Torah scroll stolen by the Nazis for their Jewish museum project in Prague will be used again there at Sim’hat Torah, a holiday that falls later this month and celebrates the text Jewish founder.

Trust in commemorative manuscripts, a London-based nonprofit that preserves Torah scrolls and other scriptures, announced on Sunday that it would transfer scroll no. 1052, as cataloged therein, for use by Ec Chaim, a progressive Jewish congregation in the Czech capital, before the feast which begins on September 27.

In 1942, the Nazis seized the parchment, written in 1890 in Brno, a town about 160 kilometers southeast of Prague. They had the scroll shipped to the Central Jewish Museum, an institution they wanted to use to display thousands of liturgical items they had stolen from the Jewish communities they had looted. This museum became the Jewish Museum in Prague, which is owned by the local Jewish community.

On September 27, the Ec Chaim congregation, which is a member of the European Union for Progressive Judaism, plans to celebrate the return of the scroll with a feast in its synagogue, attended by worshipers and dignitaries, including Leslie Bergman of the United Kingdom. United. , former president of the European Union for Progressive Judaism.

Separately, the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives and the National Library of Israel purchased a collection of documents from Jewish communities in Hungary from an auction house.

The seven documents, ledgers, registers and other communal papers dated 1851-1948, had been put up for sale by an auction house, the National Library said in a statement earlier this month. He did not name the auction house, which sold the documents to buyers after protests from activists working to preserve Jewish heritage.

A spokesperson for the National Library, Zachary Rothbart, declined to say how much was paid for the documents. The National Library had no indication that the documents had been stolen, he added.