Talmud display honors Army, Holocaust survivors

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- When World War II ended, the U.S. Army printed copies of the Talmud, a sacred collection of Jewish law and tradition, for Jews who were living in displaced persons camps in Europe.

Few complete sets of this 19-volume Talmud for Holocaust survivors remain. But a volume from one of those sets is on display at the Chrysler Museum of Art and eventually will go on a national tour.

Despite the short supply of paper and ink, the Army published several hundred sets on a German printing press that had been used to print Nazi material.

Printed in Hebrew, the title page of each volume bears a dedication in English that reads in part: ''This special edition of the Talmud, published in the very land where, but a short time ago, everything Jewish and of Jewish inspiration was anathema, will remain a symbol of the indestructibility of the Torah.''

The American Jewish Historical Society in New York organized the display.

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