Plundered Jewish Documents, Long Thought Lost, Surface in New York City https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/07/plundered-jewish-documents-long-thought-lost-surface-in-new-york-city/

July 26, 2021 | Tim Fitzsimons
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Last week, federal agents took possession of a cache of documents about to be auctioned in New York City, which they had determined had been seized from Jews either during or after the Holocaust. Tim Fitzsimons reports:

The Justice Department on Thursday announced the seizure of seventeen funeral scrolls, manuscripts, and community records that were looted from East European Jewish communities annihilated in the Holocaust. . . . One item, prosecutors wrote, was a manuscript containing ancestry records for a Jewish community in the city now known as Cluj-Napoca in Romania, [known as Kolozsvár to Hungarians and Kloyzenberg to Jews].

Contemporaneous records established that the manuscript existed in Romania in 1936, “shortly before the Holocaust had begun.” . . . The recovered scrolls and manuscripts, investigators said, included “prayers for the dead, memorial pages and/or the names of deceased members of the Jewish communities, operating rules of the society, society-member payments, obligations, society regulations, the identity of society religious leaders, and, in some cases, the names of the society members who were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz.”

Read more on NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-seizes-jewish-funeral-scrolls-manuscripts-thought-lost-all-n1274781

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