Running for two weeks at North West Surrey Synagogue, off Rosslyn Park in Oatlands (Weybridge), as part of the Memorial Scrolls Trust’s travelling exhibition there will be Torah scrolls on display which were hidden from Nazis invading forces in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia). The two open days when you can easily go and see the scrolls are on Sunday October 18 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and Monday October 19 from 3pm to 5.30pm. The last date isn’t great as we’ll be at school.
“Most Czech Jews were sent to Terezin and Auschwitz. Nobody ever came back for their scrolls.”
After WWII the scrolls were purchased or loaned to synagogues all over the world, with more than 1,000 in America, and examples in countries such as New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. This travelling exhibition will also people from Surrey to get a close hand look at these historic scrolls.
A BBC learning page actually has a short (less than 2 minutes!) video about Torah Scrolls from WWII which survived the Holocaust.
If after this you’re thinking, “er, I’m not actually sure what a Torah scroll is” then check out the BBC Learning website to get a rapid lesson in what the Torah scrolls are.