In this remarkable tale of tragedy and hope, Memorial Scrolls Trust historian Philippa Bernard tells the story of the 1,564 Jewish Sifre Torah (Scrolls of the Law) which were rescued from a disused synagogue outside Prague, and brought to Westminster Synagogue in London in 1964.
"We were the lucky ones." When the Gestapo arrived in Olomouc, they wanted the best house in town as their headquarters. They took the Briess Family home, a beautiful Art Deco building, and in return gave the Briess family exit visas to escape occupied Czechoslovakia.
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The Legacy of the Czech Torah Scrolls and the Renewal of Jewish Life in Czechia