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September 23, 1983 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 23, 1983 25

Detroit Among Cities to Exhibit Objects of Czech Jewry

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Detroit will be among the
American cities to exhibit
"The Precious Legacy:
Judaic Treasures From the
Czechoslovak State Collec-
tions," a collection of objects
depicting the religious and
secular life of Czech Jews.
About 400 objects from
the 140,000-piece collection
from the State Jewish
Museum of Czechoslovakia
in Prague are on loan to the
U.S. for the exhibition
which opens Nov. 9 at the
Smithsonian Institution's
Museum of Natural His-
tory.
The items are among
94,000 collected by the
Nazis during World War II,
when the Hitler forces oc-
cupied Czechoslovakia. The
items were brought to
Prague for a planned
"museum of an extinct
race."
The exhibit will be seen
at the Detroit Institute of
Arts March 12-May 5,
1985. It also will be dis-
played in Miami Beach,
New York, San Diego and
Hartford, Conn.
This is the first time any
of the items have been al-
lowed to leave Czechos-
lovakia. Mark Talisman,
life chairman of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Coun-
cil and director of the
Washington office of the
Council of Jewish Federa-
tions, described the 15-year
effort to bring this about.
Talisman said the effort
began in 1968 when an as-

sistant to the then Rep.
Charles Vanik (D-Ohio) and
the Congressman, who is of
Czech descent, visited the
State Jewish Museum in
Prague. From then until
1979, Talisman and two
Jewish professors were able
to view that he called an
"incredible sight" of
thousands of pieces stored
in the museum buildings,
including one floor filled
with Torah scroll covers.
Peggy Loar, director of
the Smithsonian Institu-

lion's Travelling Exhibi-
tion Service which is or-
ganizing the exhibit, said
that 109 individuals and
organizations contri-
buted more than $1 mill-
ion to bring the exhibit to
the U.S. The major gift
was from Philip Morris,
Inc.
Concurrent with the
exhibition, children's draw-
ings from the Terezin con-
centration camp which are
also from the Prague
museum, will be shown at

the Bnai Brith's Klutznick
Museum in Washington.
These drawings will also be
shown at the Jewish
Museum in New York.
Selections from the draw-
ings will be shown at the
exhibitions in the other
cities.
In addition to the "Preci-
ous Legacy," a book is being
published by Summit Books
on the exhibition and study
guides and a special chil-
drens' book are also being
prepared.

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By RABBI SAMUEL FOX

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

The seventh day of the
Sukkot holiday week is re-
garded as a special holiday
and given the name
"Hoshanna Rabba."
One translation of the
name "Hoshanna Rabba" is
"Many Hoshanot." This in-
dicates that the prayer for
salvation (i.e. Hosha Na) is
repeated many times on this
day, making this a special
day of salvation.
Another translation for
this term is "the great sal-
vation." This tells us that
this is a great day because
great acts of salvation can
be forthcoming. The
Jerusalem Talmud refers to
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fore Hoshanna Rabba is the
last day of the fall holiday
season to achieve forgive-
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