Thursday, March 13, 2008

Oldest Trace of Jewish Presence Found in Austria

Researchers from the University of Vienna have discovered the oldest trace of Jewish presence in the territory of today's Austria -- what appears to be the grave of a Jewish child in a Roman cemetery dating from the 3rd century CE. Located near Halbturn in the Burgenland, the eastern part of Austria, the grave is one of about 300 in the Roman cemetery. It contained a golden scroll in a silver amulet. Inscribed in Greek on the scroll are the words of the Shema.

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