Israel Museum asked to return $10 million Haggadah to family

The Marom family claims that an ancient Haggadah, which has been displayed in Jerusalem's Israel Museum for decades, belongs to them.
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A Passover Haggadah from the 13th century is at the center of a dispute between the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where it is currently displayed, and members of a family who claim it belongs to them.

The ancient book, estimated at $10 million, is believed to be the oldest Haggadah to have been preserved in its entirety.

According to the heirs of the Marom family, the book was stolen from the family by the Nazis during World War II and sold for only $600 to the Bezalel Museum, which was closed down in 1965 and whose entire collection was then moved to the Israel Museum.

The Israel Museum said in a statement, "The people of Bezalel, who received the Haggadah, notified the family of its existence in 1950. In 1984, a representative of the family, Elizabeth Marom, visited the museum, and after seeing the Haggadah she wrote that it 'should stay in the museum for the public to enjoy.'"



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