For readers of The Monuments males and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the tale of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small group of heroic librarians now operating to come back the stolen books to their rightful owners.

whereas the Nazi occasion was once being condemned by way of a lot of the realm for burning books, they have been already tough at paintings perpetrating an excellent better literary crime. via huge new examine that incorporated files stored by way of the Mouments males themselves—Anders Rydell tells the untold tale of Nazi booklet robbery, as he himself joins the trouble to come back the stolen books. whilst the Nazi squaddies ransacked Europe’s libraries and bookshops, huge and small, the books they stole weren't burned. in its place, the Nazis started to complie a library in their personal that they can use to salary an highbrow battle on literature and background. during this mystery conflict, the libraries of Jews, Communists, Liberal politicans, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and lots of different competition teams have been appropriated for Nazi examine, and used as an highbrow weapon opposed to their proprietors. but if the battle was once over, lots of the books have been by no means again. in its place many came across their manner into the general public library method, the place they continue to be to this day.

Now, Rydell unearths himself entrusted with this type of stolen volumes, getting down to go back it to its rightful proprietor. It was once handed to him by means of the small workforce of heroic librarians who've started the huge job of combing via Berlin’s public libraries to spot the looted books and reunite them with the households in their unique vendors. should you misplaced relations within the Holocaust, those books are usually the single closing ownership in their family they've got ever held. And as Rydell travels to come the amount he was once given, he indicates simply how a lot a unmarried ebook can suggest to people who personal it.

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