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Ohio rabbi's books tied to Holocaust survivors

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 4, 2012 released by The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center shows from left,  son, Mendy, Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, and sons, Yitzi  and Shea, taken at The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in Columbus, Ohio.   Rabbi Areyah K
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 4, 2012 released by The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center shows from left, son, Mendy, Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, and sons, Yitzi and Shea, taken at The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in Columbus, Ohio. Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann bought tractates, or passages that make up religious and civil law known as the Talmud, from an auction house. They are part of a limited number of books the U.S. Army authorized for publication.
HO, Lorn Spolter, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio —

An Ohio rabbi who recently purchased two religious books dating to shortly after the Holocaust has drawn attention from historians and archivists for the books' limited run by the U.S. Army to help Holocaust survivors in displacement camps around Europe.

Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann of Columbus bought the tractates, or passages that make up religious and civil law known as the Talmud, from an auction house March 21. They are part of a limited number of books the U.S. Army authorized for publication. Their purpose was to help displaced Holocaust survivors who had their belongings and religious materials destroyed during World War II.

Some experts say it's unclear how many copies were printed or how many exist today. But they all agree they're a collector's item.