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1952 ‘Korean War Haggadah’ Acquired by National Library of Israel

Posted by Jean-Yves on May 2, 2019
 

A rare Haggadah printed in Korea for the use of US soldiers in 1952 was recently acquired by the National Library of Israel. According to scholars, only three copies of the ‘Korean War Haggadah’ exist in public hands worldwide.

The 32-page volume was produced by two Jewish chaplains who also organized the seder in Seoul, for which American soldiers gathered from all over Korea, thanks to the efforts of the US army. One of the chaplains, rabbi Chanan Brichto, referred to their endeavor as “Operation Matzo”.

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