Hebrew Bible Looted by Nazis Being Sent to Vienna





A 16th-century Hebrew Bible looted by the Nazis six decades ago was returned to Vienna's Jewish community Monday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials turned over the two-volume Bible to two Austrian emissaries during a repatriation ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.

Published in Venice in 1516-17, the Bible once was part of the well-known medieval manuscripts collection of S.H. Halberstam, officials said. In 1908, it was donated to the Vienna Jewish community library.

In 1938, during the annexation of Austria, Nazi soldiers confiscated the Bible in a seizure of the Jewish community's library, and the Bible later wound up in Berlin.

It was illegally imported into the United States in March, authorities said...


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