The Book Thieves
The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return A Literary InheritanceBook - 2017
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"But even 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 power in books. Words could act as weapons, resounding long after the rumbling of the artillery had stopped. They are weapons not only as propaganda, but also, in the form of memories. Whoever owns the world has the power to not only interpret it, but also to write history."
The image of Nazis as anti-intellectual cultural vandals has been persistent, possibly to some degree because it is easy to comprehend, and possibly because we would like to see literature and the written word as fundamentally good. But even 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.
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