Historic Czech Torah on display at Albuquerque museum

Posted at: 10/18/2012 7:43 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A historical Czech Torah salvaged from a synagogue following the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia is on display at the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico.

The Torah exhibit is part of an educational program promoting peace and is from London's Czech Memorial Scroll Trust & Museum.

Officials say the Torah is one of more than 1,500 Scrolls, and other Jewish artifacts, saved from historic Czech synagogues during World War II.

The scrolls were salvaged after members of Prague's Jewish community persuaded the Nazis to allow them to bring the items from deserted provinces to a museum in Prague.

They were later transferred to Westminster Synagogue in London.

Congregation B'nai Israel President Harvey Buchalter says the Torah gives insight to a Czech community that goes back 2,000 years.

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