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March 24, 2016 2:47 pm

Books of Esther Found in Hidden Warsaw Ghetto Synagogue Brought to Israel

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The Warsaw Ghetto. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Warsaw Ghetto. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Three Books of Esther scrolls read on Purim during the Holocaust were recently found in a hidden synagogue at the Warsaw Ghetto after a wall in an old building in the ghetto collapsed.

Researchers at the Shem Olam Institute, also known as the Faith & Holocaust Institute for Education Documentation and Research in Kfar Haroeh, made the discovery of the scrolls.

The scrolls were transferred to a storage archive at the institute. Two of the scrolls were in good condition but the third was burnt and nearly disintegrated.

Rabbi Avraham Krieger, head of Shem Olam, said: “The more we investigate the life of the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, we discover the courage and mental strength the Jews exhibited to keep the faith alive despite the grief and the threat of death that surrounded them from all directions. These scrolls, which relate the Jews’ miraculous rescue from those who sought their destruction, survived the Nazi hell.”

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  • Deborah Spackman

    I sat in a quiet stream of silent tears for all my friends I’ve lost; may their memory be honoured for the tremendous sacrifices made to see this day come forth.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    And even in the generation of great loss of human life, suffering on an unprecedented human scale, wanton moral depravity, and untold looting of human reason concomitant to betrayal of cosmological history, the story of survival against the backdrop of supreme evil in the days of Queen Esther in the form of the written narrative renews our contemporary appreciation for sacrifice in the face of hidden good in this world.

  • Lia

    Wonderful that the scrolls survived. (I like old books.) But in my heart I still cry for the people for died simply becuase they were Jews.

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