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Stolen Torah back in Prague

A TORAH scroll that the Nazis stole for their planned Museum on Judaism in Prague will return for use in the Czech capital on Simchat Torah.

Memorial Scrolls Trust a London-based organisation that preserves Torah scrolls and other scripture is behind the venture.

It transferred Scroll No 1052 as it is catalogued there to the use of Ec Chaim, a Progressive Jewish congregation in Prague, before the holiday begins.

In 1942, the Nazis seized the scroll, which was written in 1890 in Brno, a city situated about 100 miles south-east of Prague.

They had the scroll shipped to the Central Jewish Museum, an institution that they wanted to use to showcase thousands of liturgical objects they had stolen from Jewish communities.

That museum has become the Jewish Museum of Prague, which is owned by the local Jewish community.

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