Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany systematically destroyed an estimated 100 million books throughout occupied Europe, an act that was inextricably bound up with the murder of 6 million Jews. This book examines this bleak chapter in the history of printing, reading, censorship, and libraries. It also includes an annotated bibliography.
JONATHAN ROSE is William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University. He was the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.
"Because the essays are anchored so soundly in historical sources, Rose's premise of history itself as 'book-bound' is amply supported and illustrated throughout the volume. The scholarship is not only sound, but such an extended collection is a breakthrough for Holocaust scholarship - the first of its kind. It adds cultural and literary destruction to the terrible sum of human losses suffered during the Holocaust." - James E. Young, author of The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning "Jewish scholars and students of modern history will find this volume to be a significant and unusual supplement to Holocaust research and a convincing argument for the centrality of books and reading as subjects of historical research." - Publishers Weekly "Fascinating and wrenching reading for any booklover." - Umbrella"
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