Shoah survivor to donate Torah hidden from Nazis

October 16, 2006 00:53


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A man who survived the Holocaust in Poland is to donate a survivor Torah, just one of the nine holy scrolls once hidden from the Nazis that he has found, to the Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph. Edward Mosberg, an 80-year-old developer and philanthropist, has been collecting shoes, wires, spoons and other memorabilia associated with concentration camps for about 15 years. The survivor Torah he is to donate on Tuesday is kosher - it has no textual flaws, blemishes on the scroll have been removed and a scribe read all of its letters out loud to make sure it was fit for ritual, according to Rabbi Pinchas Klein, head of Mount Freedom. "In a few more years, there will be no more survivors," Mosberg, a survivor of the Krakow-Plaszow and Mauthausen concentration camps, told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Sunday's newspapers. "But in Mount Freedom they will be able to say, 'We have a survivor in the Torah."'

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