Torah hidden in Polish monastery since 42 is returned

A Torah scroll hidden in a Tuchow monastery since 1942 was returned to the synagogue in nearby Dabrowa Tarnowska, in southern Poland.

The Torah was returned earlier this month, but it was not reported until this week.

It had been brought to the monastery in Tuchow, approximately 60 miles from Krakow, by an anonymous person who asked the Redemptorist priests to hold the scrolls until the synagogue in Dabrowa again became a place of prayer.

The synagogue in Dabrowa Tarnowska was built in the second half of the 19th century. During World War II, the Germans turned it into a workshop. Over the past few years the building was renovated and it is now the House of Cultures in Poland.

In 2010, the mayor of Dabrowa Tarnowska gave the scroll to conservationists, and today it can be seen in the prayer hall of the former synagogue. — jta