The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book) (Paperback)

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The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book) (Paperback)

By Jonathan Rose (Editor)

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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. By burning and looting libraries and censoring "un-German" publications, the Nazis aimed to eradicate all traces of Jewish culture along with the Jewish people themselves.

The Holocaust and the Book examines this bleak 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. Several authors discuss the continuing relevance of Nazi book burnings to the present day, with essays on German responses to Friedrich Nietzsche and the destruction of Bosnian libraries in the 1990s.

The collection also includes eyewitness accounts by Holocaust survivors and a translation of Herman Kruk's report on the Vilna ghetto library. An annotated bibliography offers readers a concise guide to research in this growing field.
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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781558496439
ISBN-10: 1558496432
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: May 19th, 2008
Pages: 328
Language: English
Series: Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
"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