A TORAH RETURNS
TO POLAND

A Torah Returns to Poland is a half-hour story tracing the journey of one particular Torah that had its origins in Alsace, France in 1876. When the Alsatian Jewish community was deported to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz built in Poland by the German army, they brought their Torah with them; it was found intact in Poland after the war, a survivor of the Holocaust that had consumed almost all of the community it had once served. From the ruins, the Torah somehow found its way to New York's Lower East Side. There it was obtained by a Manhattan family who brought it full circle back to Poland in June 2005, contributing it to the Polish Jewish community in honor of their daughter's Bat Mitzvah. This is a story that celebrates the continuity of Jewish life, manifested both by the survival of the Torah itself as well as the rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today. Narrated by Theodore Bikel, the program was the recipient of a silver Telly Award and a Summit Award. 2006