16th century Torah scroll looted by Nazis being sent to Vienna

16th century Torah scrol

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November 10, 2009 04:49

A 16th century Torah scroll looted by the Nazis six decades ago was returned to Vienna's Jewish community Monday. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials turned over the Torah to two Austrian emissaries during a repatriation ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. Published in Venice in 1516-17, the Torah scroll once was part of the well-known medieval manuscripts collection of S.H. Halberstam, officials said. It includes an Aramaic summary and a series of commentaries by medieval rabbinic figures from the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. The Torah was given to Ariel Muzicant, president of Vienna's Jewish community, and Ernst-Peter Brezovsky, Austrian consul-general.


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