The Saraval Collection consists of 34 priceless Hebrew manuscripts and 6 incunabula that currently belong to the Jewish Community in Wrocław. It differs, however, from the historical collection of the well-known bibliophile to whom it owes its name. The collection, a testament to the intellectual prowess of the Jewish community of Wrocław/Breslau, is seldom made available for viewing by the general public.
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War, persecution, fire, and natural disasters all contributed to the destruction of Jewish books, rendering extant copies all the more valuable. Today, the Saraval Collection consists of 34 manuscripts and six incunabula (books printed before 1501). Of these, 29 manuscripts and all the printed books actually belonged to Leon Vita Saraval; the remaining volumes were later acquisitions made by the Jüdisch-Theologische Seminar (Jewish Theological Seminary) in Breslau. The collection was returned to the Jewish community of Wrocław, its rightful owner, sixty years after it was confiscated by the nazis. Breslau was part of Germany until 1945 but is now located in south-western Poland, and was renamed Wrocław after the war.
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