Thursday, April 28, 2016

Famed Medieval Passover Haggadah Stolen From Owners by Nazis on Display at Israel Museum

Pages from the Birds’ Head Haggadah, which is currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Photo: Google Cultural Institute/Israel Museum via Wikimedia Commons.
ISRAEL---The grandchildren of a German-Jewish lawmaker say that the famous Birds’ Head Haggadah, a medieval copy of the Passover haggadah that is currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, was stolen from their family by the Nazis. Calling the Nazis’ stealing and subsequent selling of the haggadah a “long-standing illegal and moral injustice,” the family members have enlisted E. Randol Schoenberg — the lawyer made famous by Ryan Reynolds in the film Woman in Gold for his role in the legal battle that restored Gustav Klimt’s paintings to their Jewish heir — to help them secure compensation for what occurred. [link]