Re: Jewish Artifacts Stolen During Holocaust Taken From Auction House and in US Custody #announcements #holocaust #usa

Andy Monat

Thank you for posting that. I looked a bit and found primary sources related to this.

The affidavit from the federal agent who requested the seizure is here:
The press release from the Department of Justice is here:

The affidavit lists the towns and details about each of the items, as well as their locations. They note that among the buyers is the National Library of Israel and another buyer in Israel, but that the affidavit "is not submitted in support of any seizure of any of the Manuscripts and Scrolls that may be located outside of the United States at this time".

Here is a description of one of the items:

"PINKAS. SATMAR / SATU MARE, HUNGARY. Pinkas Chevra Kadisha [Community Memorial
Volume]. (Lot 38). Manuscript in Hebrew, square calligraphic and cursive hands on paper.
Members recorded on individual pages in a large Hebrew calligraphic hand. This Pinkas is
fairly typical of the genre of Chevra Kadisha Pinkasim - but with a striking exception: it dates
to after the Holocaust years. Sixteen of the pages list members in large and striking Hebrew."

(I have no personal knowledge of this case, nor any additional information.)

Andy Monat
Massachusetts, USA

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