Almost overwhelming. The numbers are staggering -both in terms of the books and the people. Thoughtful and soul-piercing insights into why it was so important for The Nazi’s (and later the Russians) to collect and control the books and other printed material of the Jews. If you control the printed word, you control history. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how fragile freedom can be. I would like to read his other book (The Looters), which is about the art which was taken by the Nazi’s, but I don’t find it in English. Apparently, there is to be a third book in this series, but I am not sure what that will be about.
"The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance" by Anders Rydell was an excellent history on a subject I hadn't considered before but so obviously had to have happened. It wasn't just art that the Nazi's pilfered.
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