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Ostrava Newsletter #44

The June 2016 Ostrava Newsletter is here, and the complete newsletter archive (including this latest issue) can be accessed on this page.

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Ostrava

by David Lawson

(This article originally appeared in The Definite Article, edited by KSDS member Lawrence Kingsley.)

So what is interesting about Ostrava?

We know that KSDS has a sefer torah that came originally from Ostrava, so that gives us some slight connection with, and interest in, Ostrava but what makes it interesting? Read more

The Legacy of the Czech Memorial Scrolls

We have a sefer torah that was originally located in Ostrava in the Czech Republic and was lent to KSDS, on a permanent basis, by Czech Scrolls Trust. The Memorial Scrolls Trust has prepared this background article.  

People are fascinated by the story of the Czech Scrolls. How they were not destroyed. How they were not plundered or traded. How they remained together and forgotten as a collection in a deserted Prague synagogue for years. How they were rescued by the Westminster Synagogue in 1964 and put back into Jewish religious life.

It is a great story, and the success of the Memorial Scrolls Trust under Ruth Shaffer is a great achievement across 40 years. But it is much more than a story, and it is much more than any achievement. It is a key to opening a door to a whole aspect of Jewish life.

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How the Scrolls were Saved

We have a sefer torah that was originally located in Ostrava in the Czech Republic and was lent to KSDS, on a permanent basis, by Czech Scrolls Trust. The Memorial Scrolls Trust has prepared this background article.  

9 September 2015 (revised): When the Munich Agreement was signed on 29 September 1938, Britain and France agreed to Hitler’s demand to be given the German speaking border regions of Czechoslovakia, and the Germans marched in. The Jews from about sixty congregations in the prosperous industrial and commercial towns in the Sudetenland had 2 or 3 days to flee to the interior, which was still a free and sovereign country.

They left behind their synagogues, which were in German hands in time for the destruction of the Pogrom of November 1938, when synagogues across the expanded Germany, which now included the Sudetenland, were burned or vandalised and looted. In almost every case the ritual treasures of these Sudetenland synagogues were destroyed or lost.

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Europe-wide fame for KSDS!

David Lawson reports…

July/August 2015: Our shul has a sefer torah that originated in Ostrava in what is now the Czech Republic.ostrava-torah-bima For almost ten years, the Kingston Ostrava Group has been researching the history of Ostrava’s Jewish community and we have shared the information we have found with the Jewish Museum in Prague.

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