THOUSANDS OF RARE JEWISH DOCUMENTS DISPLAYED IN NEW YORK

Oct 24, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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People in the U.S. are getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish writings – that were thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust.

Ten documents on loan from Lithuania’s national library are on display at New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – which is partnering with the Lithuanian government – to archive the 170,000-page collection.

A librarian in Lithuania hid the documents in a church basement to protect them from the Nazis during the second world war – and they re-surfaced during a move in 2016.

The wide-ranging collection includes manuscripts by famous Yiddish writers, religious writings, poetry and record books of shuls and yeshivas.

An expert on Jewish history says “It’s the most important body of material in Jewish history and culture to be unearthed in more than half a century, since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.”
The Manhattan exhibition can be seen by appointment until January.
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