Holocaust survivors to restore Polish Torah scroll

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Holocaust commemoration activists invited survivors in Britain to help restore a Holocaust Torah scroll.

The Torah scroll project will be launched in London on March 29 at a ceremony hosted by Britain’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, the From the Depths commemoration group said in a statement Thursday.

The scroll was found last year by volunteers in a rural area in northern Poland, 72 years after a rabbi from the town of Filipow gave it to a neighbor for safekeeping. The rabbi and his community were transported to a death camps.

The family used more than half the scroll’s parchment for various household uses, From The Depths’ founder, Jonny Daniels said. His group had the scroll evaluated and prepared for completion bY a scribe, who began the restoration by drawing the outline of the missing letters.

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The letters are to be filled by Holocaust survivors in Britain, before it is to be taken to other Jewish communities until its completion, Daniels said.

“The Holocaust is the most shameful chapter in human history but the only way to try to prevent such monstrosities from occurring ever again is through retelling stories that many of us will never want to hear,” Pickles said in a statement.