Holocaust Torahs

A Sign Of Life In A Place Of Dying

Re-dedication of Calvary Hospital’s Holocaust Torah scroll, on Kristallnacht, is powerful symbol of survival.

11/01/2016 - 11:03
Staff Writer

It was a bold, and probably unprecedented, idea for a Catholic hospital.

The idea emerged nearly 30 years ago during a staff meeting at Calvary Hospital in the Morris Park section of the Bronx led by longtime hospital administrator Dr. Michael Brescia, himself a devout Catholic. How could the hospital best serve the needs of its Jewish patients?

Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger brings the Calvary Hospital Torah scroll to the bedside of a 99-year-old patient.

Was This Torah Rescued From Kristallnacht?

The scroll reflects the murky nexus of Jewish history and claims of Holocaust provenance.

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

It stands about two feet tall, is about 200 years old and comes in a fading green velvet cover. Many people will sing with it and dance with it on Monday night — and likely raise questions about its murky past.

The late Queens Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz played key role in welcoming the Berlin Torah scroll.

'Jewish Indiana Jones' Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charges

02/04/2012 - 19:00

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the selft-styled “Jewish Indiana Jones” who turned out to be a Jewish Walter Mitty has pleaded guilty to fraud.

Youlus’ accounts of remarkable tales of rescuing Holocaust-era Torah scrolls were contradicted by historical evidence, witness accounts and records showing that he simply passed off used Torahs sold by local dealers who made no claims as to the scrolls’ provenance.

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