Journey of the Czech Scrolls

This short film will tell a story of tragedy and hope, a story of 1564 Jewish Sifre Torah (Scrolls of the Law), which were rescued from a disused synagogue outside Prague, and brought to Westminster Synagogue in 1964. Here they were carefully restored by a special scribe and sent across the world on permanent loans to be reused in religious services or honored as memorials to the Czech communities decimated in the Holocaust. It was the Nazis themselves who assembled and guarded these holy writings, perhaps to be shown as relics of an extinct race?

The story is one of hope after despair, of reconciliation and understanding, which will remind the world of the horrors of Europe during Nazi occupation and show the next generation that the Jewish religion will always live on.