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Holocaust Torah scrolls found in Russia

Budapest - Hungarian Jewish leaders say they have found 103 Torah scrolls taken from Hungary during the Holocaust in a Russian library.

Rabbi Slomo Koves said on Tuesday the sacred texts were discovered in the manuscript section of the Lenin State Regional Library of the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. Koves said negotiations are underway with Russian officials to restore the scrolls and possibly display them in international exhibits.

Jewish Orthodox leader Oberlander Baruch of the Unified Jewish Congregation in Hungary, shows a part a Torah scroll (it isn't a found piece of 103 scrolls) during a press conference about the 'Holocaust Judaica Rescue Project'. Credit: AFP

Koves, of the Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch community, called the find he helped make last year “of historical significance,” adding that Hungary's government supports efforts to restore the scrolls.

A Torah is a hand-made copy on parchment scrolls of the first five books of the Old Testament.

About 550 000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust, while around 100 000 Jews live in Hungary today. - Sapa-AP

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