Item: Unpacking of crates of rescued YIVO and Strashun Library books, 1947
|Title: ||Unpacking of crates of rescued YIVO and Strashun Library books, 1947|
|Authors: ||Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara|
|Issue Date: ||1947 |
|Publisher: ||YIVO Institute for Jewish Research|
|Abstract: ||"The Nazis occupied Vilna on June 23, 1941 and, soon thereafter, ordered the Jews to move into a ghetto. Both the YIVO Library and the Strashun Library were taken over by the Einsatzstab Rosenberg, a Nazi task force assigned to systematic looting of Jewish cultural treasures. The Nazis forced the librarian and a few others to select and crate hundreds of thousands of Jewish books and archives. The wooden crates were shipped to Frankfurt-am-Main, where they were stored in a huge warehouse, waiting to be incorporated into the future "Library of the Extinct Race." In 1945, the American army discovered three million Jewish books in the Offenbach warehouse, among them 25,000 books from the Strashun Library collection and 15,000 books from the YIVO Library collection. These volumes were rescued from the ruins of Europe and brought back to YIVO in New York in 1947."|
|Appears in Collections:||Further Readings|
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