The "SEFER TORAH" from Sompolno, in the Konin Museum.
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SOMPONLO near Konin Poland.
When I visited Poland last September I visited the Regional Museum of Konin, managed by Dr. Lucia Nowak.
She collected over 500 tombstones from small towns, which she found in street, in yards, in houses...
There are piles and piles of matzevot, according to the town where she found them. Dr. Nowak also has a pc based database, where she matches the tombstone withgenealogical information from the Konin archive. She is mentioned in Theo Richmond book: "Konin a quest", page 430.
The "pearl" in the whole museum is a "sefer torah" scrolls with a most unique silver pomegranate ornament. Dr. Nowak told me that her daughter came one day home, telling her that children found a strange thing with bizarre inscriptions in a cave... She rushed there and it was rare scrolls of the Torah... from SOMPOLNO!
We can imagine who hid it there and when...
Very clearly I could read, the Hebrew dedication on the ornament:
" LE'ZIKHRON HAGABBAAIM,
HAKHEVRA LEBIKUR CHOLIM,
RAV MENDEL ZELIG Z"L
AND RAV ZALMAN BAR PERETZ Z"L
"In memory of the "Gabbaim"(treasurers of the synagogue)
The Konin Regional Museum Information:
Dr. Lucia Pawlicka Nowak
Museum Okregowe w Koninie
ul Muzealna 6
Phone:00-48-63-2427530 or 2427599
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