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Celebration of Gift of a Holocaust Sefer Torah to VCU Libraries



James Branch Cabell Library, Starting in the Lobby
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


This Torah scroll, on parchment scribed in the customary Hebrew, was composed in Romania around 1750. During World War II, it was confiscated by the Nazis. It is believed to be from an area of Transnistria, known as the Romanian Auschwitz. It was repatriated to Israel in 2003. Israeli authorities released the scroll for private ownership, and the scroll was then presented to VCU Libraries by alumni Martin L. Johnson, M.D., and Olinda Young, to be held and safeguarded by VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives.

Join us for a celebration of this generous donation. Beginning in the lobby of the library, the scroll will be paraded through the building to the accompaniment of a klezmer band. We will then arrive at the library lecture hall (room 303) and have brief remarks.

The event is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office, at (804) 828-0593.


Registration is now closed.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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