The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Missing item of Czech Judaica is returned from the U.S. to the Jewish community in the Czech Republic
Synagogue in Mlada Vozice, c. 1942.

PRAGUE.- The Jewish Museum in Prague and the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic have obtained the restitution of a missing Jewish ritual object of Czech origin located in the United States. Originally from South Bohemia, the Torah Ark curtain resurfaced in April 2013 in connection with a Judaica auction at Sotheby’s in New York. After nearly sixty years, it is returning home to the Czech Republic.

On March 10, 2014, a flight from New York landed at the Václav Havel Airport in Prague carrying an inconspicuous but unique object. After decades of being lost, a Jewish ritual object from the Czech Jewish community is returning home. This return home brings to a close this object’s history, which mirrors the shifting fates of Central European Jewish communities in the 20th century.

This silk and velvet brocade curtain was donated to the Jewish community by Moses and Chayele Liftschitz in 1855. It came to the Prague Jewish Museum in 1943 from Mladá Vožice in South Bohemia, which was annihilated during World War II. During the war, the Jewish Museum served as a central collection point for Judaica from around the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The curtain was catalogued and deposited at the Jewish Museum along with other objects from similarly destroyed communities.

After it went missing in 1956, the curtain resurfaced in a Judaica auction scheduled at Sotheby’s in April 2013 under the heading: A Treasured Legacy: The Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection. After the curtain was identified by curators at the Jewish Museum in Prague and subsequently withdrawn from the auction, the Czech Jewish community reached an agreement with Michael Steinhardt for its restitution and return to Prague.

The restitution of the Torah Ark curtain from Mladá Vožice is the first successful repatriation to the Czech Jewish community from abroad. FJC’s president, Petr Papoušek, remarks: “With regard to the recovered Torah Ark curtain, I greatly appreciate the goodwill and respect extended to the Czech Jewish community by Michael Steinhardt and Sotheby’s in New York. The example they set should be emulated. This Torah Ark curtain belongs to the Czech Republic, and its place in the Jewish Museum in Prague’s collection is irreplaceable as only within its historical context is the object’s intrinsic value realized. I would like to believe that we will soon see the return of other unique Judaica that were wrongfully taken out of the country. They are an integral part of the pillar supporting the collective memory of today’s Czech Jewish community.”

Today's News

March 27, 2014

Art Paris Art Fair opens at the Grand Palais with more than 140 international galleries

Sotheby's to offer the finest Stradivari viola in existence; Estimated to sell in excess of US$45 Million

Solo exhibition of new work by Michael Craig-Martin opens at Alan Cristea Gallery

Four Crimean museums fear loss of hundreds of precious ancient treasures

British Museum opens refurbished gallery: Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300-1100

Missing item of Czech Judaica is returned from the U.S. to the Jewish community in the Czech Republic

Moscow's Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will become Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Emo Icons: Dot technique’ is new world of Belgium-based artist Alphonse D'HEYE

DelMonico Books/Prestel publish first major book on artist John Altoon's career

Exhibition of new work by Romanian painter Marius Bercea opens at Blain/Southern

Important loan from Royal Collection Trust to Scottish National Portrait Gallery re-unites old friends

British photographer Sarah Jones opens exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in New York

Matthias Bitzer's first solo exhibition in New York opens at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Preparations underway for Auctions America's largest Auburn Spring Sale to date

Strong sales at BADA Fair confirm signs of market recovery

Paintings by Clementine Hunter to headline Crescent City auction

Solo exhibitions by Heather Rowe, William Monk and Richard T. Walker open at James Cohan Gallery

Espaciofoto Gallery exhibits the project "Mennonites" by Miguel Bergasa

The Futurism: Borbay shows his dynamic acrylic painting series at the Wix Lounge

French graffiti artist Alben exhibits at gallery nine5 in New York

Retrospective of the work of Arno Rafael Minkkinen opens at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

Save Van Dyck appeal receives significant boost as painting offered for £10 million

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan receives a major Renoir drawing unseen for over 50 years

2.- A rare piece of U.S. paper money estimated at $2 million highlights Stack's Bowers Galleries auction

3.- $578K Rolex tops Morphy's $4 million Fine & Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction

4.- Haunted by colonial past, Belgium's Africa museum reopens after revamp

5.- National Gallery of Canada acquires The Foursome (The Partie Carrée) by James Tissot

6.- Spectacular show presents magical and dream-like atmospheres by Bosch, Brueghel, and Arcimboldo

7.- National Gallery of Art elects Kaywin Feldman as its fifth Director, succeeding Earl A. Powell III

8.- National Portrait Gallery to stage major new exhibition on the women who shaped Pre-Raphaelite art

9.- Unique exhibition on Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck opens in Turin

10.- Exhibition at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum presents works by Victor Vasarely

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful