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Thursday, August 12, 2004


Library Journal has a news brief about the arrest of Michel Garel, an archivist at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, for stealing and selling Hebrew language documents. A longer story (in French) from L'Express describes the most valuable of the stolen items, "Manuscript 52," a 13th century manuscript containing the Pentateuch and other scriptures. Garel snuck it to London, where he sold it to a collector, who sold it to another collector in New York, who took it to Jerusalem and showed it to a professor of Hebrew, who recognized it and alerted the authorities.


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