Hungarian Jews ask Russia to return looted scrolls

By REUTERS
November 27, 2012 15:56

 
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PRAGUE - Hungarian Jews have asked Russia to return scrolls and valuable religious items looted by Nazis and the Red Army in World War Two and their claim has been backed by the Budapest government.

Some 300 to 400 Torah scrolls and thousands of vestments, crowns and other articles are being held in museums and storage in Russia, said Slomo Koves, executive rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation.

Seized by Nazi Germany during the war and then by the Red Army in 1945, many of the items had been stored for safety in the Hungarian National Bank during the Holocaust.

Up to 600,000 Jews died at the hands of the Nazis and their allies, according to Budapest's Holocaust Memorial Center, and Hungary's Jewish community, now numbering around 100,000, still faces anti-Semitism.

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