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Memorial Scrolls Trust loans out Torahs around the world

 

Shown here (l-r): Larry Shapiro, President Marilyn Glaser, and Sharon Ranonis at Congregation Shalom Aleichem holding Torah scrolls.

They escaped destruction by the Nazis, survived communism, and found their ways to new homes. This is a story of three Torahs that all have their roots in long-gone Czechoslovakian synagogues.

Up until World War II, Czechoslovakia had a thriving Jewish population rooted in hundreds of years of interaction with its Christian neighbors. With the rise of Hitler, however, came the rise of antisemitism and The Final Solution. Throughout Europe, synagogues were burned and Jews were deported to concentration camps. Almost all Jewish artifacts, including Torahs, candlesticks, and prayer books, were...



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