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Israel Museum Manuscript in UNESCO Register


The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently announced that the Rothschild Miscellany, a 15th century manuscript from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, has been included in its Memory of the World Register for 2013, along with pages of testimony from the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial institution in the capital. It's the first time that two Israeli institutions have been included since the registry was established in 1955.

Israel Museum Director-General James Snyder called the inclusion in the register "a great honor", describing the work as "perhaps the finest Hebrew illuminated manuscript from the 15th century and one of our collection's rarest treasures." It was lost during World War II but restored to the Rothschild family after it surfaced for sale in New York. The family donated it to the Bezalel National Museum in 1957 and it was transferred to the Israel Museum when it opened in 1965.