Lesson in scrolls' story

January 27, 2014
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The remarkable story of 1,600 Torah scrolls rescued during the Holocaust will be the basis for a schools’ resource.

During the war, the scrolls were brought from every corner of Czechoslovakia to Prague by the Jewish community. They were kept in a disused synagogue in the Prague suburbs until they were purchased by British philanthropist Ralph Yablon 50 years ago.

Mr Yablon brought them to Britain, arranged for their restoration and helped to establish the Memorial Scrolls Trust, which distributed them to all parts of the globe. They now serve over 1,000 communities and have been used in over 100,000 bar/batmitzvah ceremonies.

The schools’ resource was launched this week by the Memorial Scrolls Trust and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Scrolls trust chair Evelyn Friedlander — the wife of a survivor — congratulated the HMDT on “a remarkable job in bringing the story of our scrolls to life. Their journey reflects the incredible journeys of many Holocaust survivors and their rejuvenation at the centre of many new communities is a powerful symbol of the ultimate failure of those who sought to wipe out the Jewish people.”

Last updated: 11:45am, January 27 2014