The scrolls at the Memorial Scrolls Trust in Knightsbridge, London

This chapter will describe how, by tracing their journey from a small disused synagogue in Czechoslovakia to the vibrant cosmopolitan city of London, these Torah scrolls were rediscovered, saved, and reborn.

1,564 Torah Scrolls, originally confiscated under the Nazis in occupied Czechoslovakia, were rediscovered in the ruins of an old Czech synagogue. The Michle synagogue south of Prague, now a Hussite church, was a warehouse for these scrolls for twenty years. They lay on shelves as dysfunctional material objects, failing to fulfil their purpose, but unexpected help came from London in 1963.

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