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Czech Memorial Scroll No. 1054

We are honoured to share with our supporters that AHMSEC is home to a Czech Memorial Sefer Torah, on loan from the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust (London).

This Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll) is one of 1,564 Czech Memorial Scrolls, which constituted some of the precious items that were looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust from the destroyed Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic). 

Czech Memorial Scroll No. 1054 on display in the Anne Frank Gallery

The 1,564 scrolls were acquired by the Westminster Synagogue in London in 1964. The majority of the Sifrei Torah required much attention and careful restoration before they would be suitable for synagogue use again. The scrolls were examined by a team of sofrim (scribes) in order to determine which were kosher (fit for use), which could be restored or repaired, and which could only be used as part of a memorial. Subsequently, the Memorial Scrolls Trust was established to allocate scrolls around the world on a loan basis. The Memorial Scrolls Trust has kindly loaned Sefer Torah number 1054 to AHMSEC.

This Torah originated from a synagogue in a small Czech town Uhlířské Janovice where Jews lived from the 18th century. In 1942 they were deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. Nowadays there is no Jewish population left in Uhlířské Janovice and the baroque style synagogue is serving as a prayer house of Czechoslovak Hussite Church.

This Sefer Torah bore witness to some of the worst atrocities in history. It represents not only the lost communities of Bohemia and Moravia, but all of those who perished in the Shoah. AHMSEC has been entrusted to use this scroll to educate about the horrors of the Holocaust and to help ensure that Never Again truly means never again. 

The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation, past, present and future, and the continuation of cultural, spiritual, and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. AHMSEC stands on Kaurna land.

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