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Excerpt: The Larson-Bethel Baghdad Torah was unveiled in a dedication ceremony at Bethel Seminary on March 31. The non-kosher scroll dates to the early 17th century and is suitable for both display and educational purposes. Written on skins of about 89 feet, and carefully preserved by an ancient Jewish community in Baghdad across 400 years, it offers a living testimony to the faithful transmission of God's Word.


Alice Herz-Sommer

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Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, died last week. Read the news story from Minnesota Public Radio.

You can learn more about Alice Herz-Sommer in the Visual History Archive.

The Visual History Archive, maintained by the USC Shoah Foundation, is a database of nearly 52,000 videos of survivors and helpers who have been interviewed and recorded. The University of Minnesota Libraries has a paid subscription to this resource. Anyone may come into campus and use it, but please note that videos must first be requested. This may take just a short time, but we recommend you call the service desk at 612 624-3321 to make arrangements before you come. Linking page is:

The Music Library has a book about Alice Herz-Sommer:
Alice's piano : the life of Alice Herz-Sommer.
Melissa Müller 1967-
1st U.S. ed.. New York : St. Martin's Press 2012
Music Library General Collection (ML417.H38 M8513 2012 )

Check for availability via the Library Catalog in MNCAT

Resources about the Holocaust in general may be found on my subject page
Selected Resources for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Dr. Levinson talk: OT in Nazi Germany

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"The Struggle for the Old Testament in Nazi Germany: The Untold Story of Gerhard von Rad"

Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law at the University of Minnesota, will be giving a special lecture at Or Emet: Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism on Friday, April 27, 2012. Levinson will discuss the moving story of Gerhard von Rad's heroic struggles to defend the Old Testament in Nazi Germany and how he fought this battle in near isolation, long before he became a famous Protestant theologian.

The lecture will begin after Or Emet's 7:30 pm Humanistic Sabbath service and will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat reception. The event will be held at Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

Open Access Week

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October 24-30 is Open Access Week, and the University of Minnesota Libraries are celebrating! Events and workshops on open publishing and scholarship are happening all over campus this week--check them out, and find other information on Open Access at the University of Minnesota, at

Dead Sea Scrolls online begins

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Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls are now online at

The Great Isaiah Scroll
The Temple Scroll
The War Scroll
The Community Rule Scroll
The Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll

Read more about the project
The Project

"The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online."

Read about the new
International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property

news item:
"Under an agreement signed on Thursday by organisations including Britain's
National Archives, the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, the US National
Archives and Records Administration (Nara) and Germany's Bundesarchiv, the
records will be available through a single web portal."

fyi: the link to the database referred to in the article is:

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