Thursday, February 7, 2013
Bosnia: Sarajevo Haggadah to Stay in Bosnia - Despite Museum Closure
by Samuel D. Gruber
I've written in the past about the Sarajevo Haggadah, perhaps the best-know medieval Jewish illuminated manuscript. There was celebration in Bosnia when the book was put back on view a few years ago in a specially designed room in the Bosnia National Museum.
Then, last fall, the museum closed due to lack of funds, and once an speculation has run wild about what will become of the precious Haggadah. Ruth Ellen Gruber reports that the Bosnia Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage has decided - at least for now - that the book will remain in Bosnia. A proposal from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a long-term loan appears - like the book - to be going nowhere.