Torah saved by 14-year-old boy during Holocaust comes to Newport Beach for Yom Kippur – Orange County Register

The night of Nov. 9, 1938 was dubbed “Kristallnacht” or “The Night of Broken Glass” in Nazi Germany.

Kristallnacht was an eerie foreshadowing of the Holocaust, which eventually claimed the lives of more than 6 million Jews. On that night, hundreds of synagogues were attacked, thousands of torah scrolls destroyed.

In that melee, as flames raged in the main synagogue in Hamburg, a 14-year-old boy, Isaac Schwartz, who had just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah a month earlier, charged toward the conflagration of burning relics and grabbed one torah scroll.

That 110-year-old scroll, on Wednesday, made its way from its current home at the Jewish Learning Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the Chabad Jewish Life Center in Newport Beach, reverently transported by a rabbinical intern as cabin baggage.

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