Museum: Centuries old Torah not burned in Rio blaze

  • Museum security guard Felipe Farias Silva shows the page of a book he found across the street from Brazil’s National Museum, which he believes belongs to the institution in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Flames tore through the museum Sunday night, and officials have said much of Latin America’s largest collection of treasures might be lost. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

  • This combination of two undated handout photos provided by Brazil’s National Museum shows the skull of Luzia Woman, left, and a reconstruction of Luzia, right, at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Discovered during an excavation in 1975 outside of the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, Luzia’s fossilized remains sat in storage for two decades. In the mid-1990s, tests by scientists determined it was the oldest fossil in the Americas. It was given the name “Luzia,” homage to “Lucy,” the famous 3.2-million-year-old remains found in Africa. (Museu Nacional Brasil via AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s National Museum said Wednesday that centuries-old Torah scrolls, considered to be some of Judaism’s oldest documents, had been moved before a massive fire ravaged the place and gutted much of the largest collections of national history artifacts in Latin America.

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