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April 15, 2015 10:17 am

Holocaust Commemoration Group Lobbies for Return of 35 Torah Scrolls Found in Poland

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Jonny Daniels, founder and chairman of an Israel-based Holocaust commemoration organization called From The Depths, with 35 Torah scrolls that were recently discovered in a Polish monastery. Photo: Israel Hayom.

JNS.org – Thirty-five Torah scrolls were recently discovered in a Polish monastery, where they have been hidden since the Holocaust.

It is believed that the scrolls were stolen more than 70 years ago by a local priest, a known antisemite who sought to uncover secrets that were apparently hidden by Jews in the sacred books. For decades, the scrolls were kept in the monastery’s rundown basement. Jonny Daniels, founder and chairman of an Israel-based Holocaust commemoration organization called From The Depths, learned of the scrolls’ existence, and after months of negotiating with the heads of the Polish Church, he was granted entry to the monastery in order to see the scrolls.

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“Seeing 35 Torah scrolls sitting on dirty shelves in a Polish monastery offended my Jewish soul, because of the blatant disregard shown to the scrolls,” Daniels told Israel Hayom.

“Some of the books are torn and can’t be used, so unless we find someone who will able to repair them, we’ll have to bury them,” he said. “However, the majority of Torah scrolls are in good shape, and can be put back to use.”

Under Jewish law, burial is the only method of disposal for sacred objects deemed unfit for use. While the heads of the Polish Church agreed to give Daniels the scrolls, they appear reluctant to return them to Jewish hands. From The Depths has enlisted the help of Polish attorneys who have volunteered their services to ensure the scrolls’ safe return to Jewish hands.

“I expect the Polish government to intervene and see to the scrolls’ immediate return to the Jewish people,” said Daniels.

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  • Jim Przedzienkowski

    So the scrolls were preserved by the monastery in Poland, sounds like a good deed to me. The reference to the priest is based on what information? Interesting negative take for finding something so treasured.

  • Konrad

    ‘It is believed that the scrolls were stolen more than 70 years ago by a local priest, a known antisemite who sought to uncover secrets that were apparently hidden by Jews in the sacred books.’ – What an absurd, full of hate and uneducated comment. It isn’t believed that some people who would like to benefit from the risk taken by others, did not want to say: ‘thank you’ for saving the scripts while others wanted to make a money publishing tabloidish racist stories.

  • Mieczyslaw de Woldan

    Hmmm … not a word of thanks for the monastery that stored the scrolls for so many years?

  • Mieczyslaw de Woldan

    So, “Polish Church agreed to give Daniels the scrolls, they appear reluctant to return them to Jewish hands”? But, isn’t Daniels founder and chairman of an Israel-based Holocaust commemoration organization? In what way is that organisation not Jewish?

  • Mieczyslaw de Woldan

    So, “It is believed that the scrolls were stolen more than 70 years ago by a local priest, a known antisemite”. What an ‘interesting’ multi-faceted innuendo. How about printing some evidence? By the way – I believe the world is flat and carried on the back of 4 elephants.

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