The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation

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Jonathan Rose
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2001 - History - 314 pages
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Between 1933 and 1945 Nazi Germany systematically destroyed an estimated 100 million books throughout occupied Europe. Examination of this dark chapter in the history of printing, reading, censorship and libraries. Topics include the development of Nazi censorship policies, the celebrated library of the Vilna ghetto, the confiscation of books from the Sephardic communities in Rome and Salonika, the experience of reading in the ghettos and concentration camps, the rescue of Polish incunabula, the uses of fine printing by the Dutch underground and the suppression of Jewish books and authors in the Soviet Union. The relation of the Nazi book burnings with the destruction of Bosnian libraries in the 1990s.
 

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Contents

DESTRUCTION
9
Bloodless Torture The Books of the Roman Ghetto under the Nazi Occupation
47
The Confiscation of Jewish Books in Salonika in the Holocaust
59
Embers Plucked from the Fire The Rescue of Jewish Cultural Treasures in Vilna
66
The Jewish Question and Censorship in the USSR
79
The Secret Voice
107
Reading and Writing during the Holocaust as Described in Yiker Books
128
Polish Books in Exile Cultural Booty across Two Continents through Two Wars
143
Library and Reading Room in the Vilna Ghetto
171
When the Printed Word Celebrates the Human Spirit
201
Crying for Freedom The Written Word as I Experienced It during World War II
206
Zarathustra as Educator?
213
Convivencia under Fire
266
Jewish Print Culture and the Holocaust A Bibliographic Survey
295
Notes on Contributors
311
Copyright

The Library in the Vilna Ghetto
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