The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis systematic pillaging of Europe s libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greateFor readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis systematic pillaging of Europe s libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime Through extensive new research that included records saved by the Monuments Men themselves Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book theft, as he himself joins the effort to return the stolen books When the Nazi soldiers ransacked Europe s libraries and bookshops, large and small, the books they stole were not burned Instead, the Nazis began to compile a library of their own that they could use to wage an intellectual war on literature and history In this secret war, the libraries of Jews, Communists, Liberal politicians, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and many other opposition groups were appropriated for Nazi research, and used as an intellectual weapon against their owners But when the war was over, most of the books were never returned Instead many found their way into the public library system, where they remain to this day Now, Rydell finds himself entrusted with one of these stolen volumes, setting out to return it to its rightful owner It was passed to him by the small team of heroic librarians who have begun the monumental task of combing through Berlin s public libraries to identify the looted books and reunite them with the families of their original owners For those who lost relatives in the Holocaust, these books are often the only remaining possession of their relatives they have ever held And as Rydell travels to return the volume he was given, he shows just how much a single book can mean to those who own it.
The Book Thieves The Nazi Looting of Europe s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes the story of the Nazis systematic pillaging of Europe s libraries and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stol

  • Title: The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
  • Author: Anders Rydell Henning Koch
  • ISBN: 9780735221222
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance”

    1. This is a valuable addition to the collection of writing about Nazi looting and plundering throughout their sphere of influence as it addresses the taking of books and other written materials exclusively. It also ties this in to the creation of the Nazi's primary "myth": the Jew as the cause, not only of the war, but of a vast worldwide conspiracy in historical terms. In careful detail, the author, discusses the early philosophy behind National Socialism and the various men who had been proposin [...]

    2. This is a moving account of the books plundered in tens of millions by the Nazi’s – from the Jewish community, but also from Communists, émigré libraries, Freemasons and others. As the Nazi party gained power, not only people, but libraries and book collections were scattered. I am, and have always been, a lover of books. To take books and burn them, as the Nazi’s famously did; to blacklist books and authors, is to try to control the history, and thoughts, of a population. The Nazi party [...]

    3. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Recently, I attended the 2017 MLA conference. There were several panels, more like hundreds and while some of them were a little dull, many of the ones I attended were awesome. One of the best was a panel about the destruction or taking of the libraries those a nation conquers. The focus was largely on the Israel/Palestine question in terms of those libraries (and the panel had to be hastily resembled apparently), but the points raised are good ones. Want to contro [...]

    4. I have lived in the midwestern United States for all of my life. Much of my physical travel has not included areas outside the borders of it, either. However, books have always provided me a glimpse of other nations and other cultures--ways of life that have expanded my esoteric understanding of the world. This limitation of my own reality is one of the reasons I get pretty bent out of shape when censorship is brought up. My personal belief system centers around free thought, even when—especia [...]

    5. A fascinating story of ordinary people performing extraordinary acts to protect literature from being lost. Flipping between modern day and WWII, the author takes us through a Europe ravaged by Nazi oppression and Jewish segregation. However, this book has messages of hope throughout. The story follows people who tried to protect Jewish literature (or books written by Jews) from being confiscated and destroyed by Nazis. There's some pretty clever stories about how books were smuggled to safety a [...]

    6. I am really in the minority as far as this book is concerned. After reading The Monuments Men which was an excellent adventure of the discovery and return of many of the art treasures plundered by the Nazis, I thought that this book would a great follow-up. Unfortunately, it did no live up to my expectations.The burning of books was one of the Nazi's favorite pastimes.hing by Jewish authors or books that contained subjects that took issue with Nazi thinking went into the bonfires. Libraries, bot [...]

    7. Review title: Out of the fireThe Nazi regime in Germany is most commonly associated with burning books, not collecting them, and indeed they did organize ritual book burning in the 30s as the Nazis expressed their ideology in the form of symbolic destruction of books by and about Jews, communists, and other enemies of the state. But books, since Gutenberg and movable type, are printed and sold in quantities which make the complete destruction of a printed idea by fire or other means a difficult [...]

    8. The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell (translated by Henning Koch) is a non-fiction book which tells of the efforts of the Nazis to ransack European libraries, bookshops and private collections.The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell (translated by Henning Koch) is a fascinating look at another aspect of the Nazi killing machine, th [...]

    9. Fascinating.The Nazi's basically stole Libraries across Europe to prove to the rest of the world that there really was a "Jewish Conspiracy" and that they could "prove it" through personal libries, correspondence, archives, etcI have been reading about WW2 for almost 30 years now and this is one of the most fascinating books books I have ever read.

    10. THE BOOK THIEVES. (2017). Anders Rydell. ***.This was the author’s second book, but his first translated into English and published here. His first book, “The Looters,” dealt with the theft of both fine and decorative art by the Nazi regime. This work purports to be a popular history of book theft during the Nazi era, but is much closer to being an academic review of missing libraries and their likely present whereabouts. Most of the books that have been singled out are truly rare, though [...]

    11. As I read this I kept thinking of Sean Connery's line from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:All this book burning entailed looting a continent's worth of libraries and archives, specifically to root out so-called subversive literature (i.e. anything Jewish). But, as Rydell points out, the Nazis weren't just about burning books:The image of burning books has been altogether too tempting, too effective, and too symbolic not to be used and applied in the writing of history. But the burning of boo [...]

    12. Natsit ryöstivät toisen maailmansodan aikana paljon taidekokoelmia ja taidetta ylipäätään, mutta itse en ainakaan tiennyt, että myös kirjat ja kirjastot olivat heidän ryöstelykohteinaan. Kirjoja toki poltettiin, mutta niitä kerättiin myös aktiivisesti talteen niin Saksassa kuin maissa, jotka he sodan kuluessa valloittivat. Ryöstetyiksi tulivat kaikki mahdolliset valtion vihollisille eli juutalaisille, kommunisteille ja vapaamuurareille kuuluneet kokoelmat tai jopa yksittäiset kirj [...]

    13. I expected more information, didn't learn much from this book. Maybe you will feel differently. Enjoy!

    14. I was hoping for something more insightful. Once the idea of looted books was introduced, I waited to read more about the effect of the loss of all those books and more about exactly what the Nazis hoped to achieve by collecting them. Instead, it's very detailed account of the looted books that ended up in this library and that repository, with a chapter for each location. I didn't finish the book. It seemed like a kind of reference book, although with passages tacked on in an attempt to make it [...]

    15. Received through FirstReads4 1/2 stars if that were an option.When one thinks of the looting that happened during WWII, probably the first thing that comes to mind is art, as that's what has received the most attention. This book brings to light the staggering amount of books that were stolen. Most were never returned, or even found. The author does a good job of including facts, numbers, etc, without slowing the story down. Also, I appreciated that there was a good background history of how the [...]

    16. The Book Thieves is a well-documented and researched book. Much has been said about artwork/paintings that were stolen, but not much has been voiced regarding books that were plundered. This book, in extremely excellent detail brings life to those books. Not only the books, but the owners of certain books are illuminated. Their lives given substance through the pages of their personal libraries. Finding information regarding individual books and provenance, and regarding book collections is a ti [...]

    17. SUMMARYTHE BOOK THIEVES is much more than the story of the Nazi pillaging of Europe's libraries. Anders Rydell explores the evolution of the Nazi ideology and the men behind the destruction of the literary culture of the Third Reich's "internal enemies". Rydell explores how and why the German mandate shifted from destruction to the confiscation of valuable books for the purpose of ideological research and evaluation. "What is more frightening, a totalitarian regimes destruction of knowledge or i [...]

    18. Giveaway Winner: This is by far the best giveaway book that I have yet to receive. Rydell does a great job of explaining the systematic theft of a culture and the attempts to redeem it. Each page is more interesting than the last. Through his travels, Rydell shows the people that are trying to do the right thing. The work for justice is often overlooked. The researchers and librarians are attempting a thankless task that most people are not interested in doing. Through their hard work a few woun [...]

    19. This is a very well done research book which taught me some things I knew and some I did not, but; didn't really understand. A very heart breaking read in so many ways.

    20. A very informative book about a little known and even less cared for aspect of the Nazi era and its aftermath. What a heartbreaking chronicle of the almost complete destruction of so many libraries and collections. It gets a bit overwhelming. The only thing that kept it from ending on a completely disheartening note was the bittersweet story of restitution that the author was able to facilitate.The author gives the history behind some of the most famous libraries in pre-WW2 Europe such as the Bi [...]

    21. There are some interesting facts here and the subject is interesting. Unfortunately the book as a whole is quite boring.

    22. This non-fiction book tells the story of the Nazis looting public and private libraries during WWII. “The Nazis realized that if there was something that gave more power than merely destroying the word, it was owning and controlling it. There was a power in books.” I had heard of book burnings, but I was not aware of the extent of confiscating the books of Jews, Freemasons, Leftists, etc. all across Europe. The Nazis wanted to exterminate the Jews but preserve them as a historical and symbol [...]

    23. Extraordinary and thought-provoking, considering books as both historical sources and as material objects, and discussing the many ways in which books are used in the conveyance of ideas. Then, the flip side: the many ways books and the control - not necessarily destruction, but the fragmentation and recontextualizing - of books and the written word were essential to Nazi Germany's ideological war against the Other, and the depth to which Nazi ideology conflated all Other with Jewishness.This in [...]

    24. This book really brought to life the havoc the Nazis (and the Soviets to a certain extent) wreaked on cultural life in Europe. Millions upon millions of books were taken by the Nazis from the homes, libraries, institutions and museums of Jews, Freemasons, Communists and other enemies.of the regime, usually for ideological purposes: justifying the annihilation of the Reich's enemies by reading their books with the aim of finding evidence of their inferiority. The books were often treated no bette [...]

    25. This is a book for bibliophiles. Of course I have read about the art both stolen and recovered after WWII, but truly I hadn't thought about the literature lost, stolen, or recovered. That's embarrassing, I'm a librarian. Moreover, if someone donates or we otherwise come by a book second-hand and we add it to the collection, I cross through the name scrawled inside the cover if I see one (hand over face in shame). So for me, I gave the book an extra star just for making me think about it, for exp [...]

    26. Pagaliau. Tikėjausi ko kito. O gavau peno apmąstymui ir turėjau užduoti sau nė vieną klausimą apie žmonių-masės psichozę, naikinimą žiaurumą. Kas tikisi, jog čia romanas ar, kad it kokiame filme Indiana ieško pavogtų knygų ir bibliotekų, tai tikrai nusivils. Tai istorijos dvelksmas apie nacių susikurtą vaizdą ir naikinimo programą, o knygos buvo it įrankis, kaip tai pasiekti. Todėl jos buvo vagiamos, naikinamos. Daugelis jų pražuvo ir niekada nesugrįš į teisėtų sa [...]

    27. En gripande, fruktansvärd och oerhört lärorik bok om Europas historia, särskilt - men inte bara - under andra världskriget. Bibliotek och arkiv står i centrum, men det är människor som plundrar och bränner böcker, som räddar och förlorar dem.

    28. En interessant, men litt tung bok. Tung av to grunner: 1) mange navn, steder, årstall og hendelser etc å holde styr på; 2) temaet er ganske tungt å lese om til tider. Forferdelig.

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