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MS 232 Sefer Torah

Sefer Torah number 523, one of the 1,564 memorial scrolls saved from Czech synagogues destroyed by the Nazis, passed on permanent loan to Revd Dr James Parkes and the Parkes Library by Westminster Synagogue.

The scrolls formed part of a collection of material, including books, pictures and ceremonial objects, gathered from synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia, and brought together in Prague.  In 1963, the art dealer Eric Estorick was able to arrange for the businessman Ralph Yablon to acquire the scrolls on the understanding that they be entrusted to a non-commercial organisation.  Westminster Synagogue agreed to undertake responsibility for them and the scrolls arrived in London in February 1964. 

Scrolls have been allocated to synagogues, educational institutions, and other bodies to hold as a memorial to the communities destroyed in the Holocaust.

Former references:

Parkes 29/13 and A683


1 scroll and 1 folder

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