A Mortuary of Books : The Rescue of Jewish Culture after the Holocaust / Elisabeth Gallas.

Gallas, Elisabeth author., Author,
New York, NY : New York University Press, [2019]
1 online resource : 24 black and white illustrations
Goldstein-Goren Series in American Jewish History ; 17
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Cultural property -- Destruction and pillage -- Europe.
Cultural property -- Repatriation -- Europe.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945).
Jewish property -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Jews -- Civilization.
Jews -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Europe.
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Adolf Eichmann. (search)
American Jewish Congress. (search)
Berlin. (search)
Cecil Roth. (search)
Central Collecting Points. (search)
Committee on the Restoration of Continental Jewish Museums, Libraries, and Archives. (search)
Eichmann trial. (search)
Frankfurt Agreement. (search)
Frankfurt. (search)
Gegenwartsarbeit. (search)
Gesamtarchiv. (search)
Hugo Bergman. (search)
Jewish Cultural Reconstruction. (search)
Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO). (search)
Jewish collections. (search)
Joshua Starr. (search)
Judah Magnes. (search)
Otzrot HaGolah. (search)
Salo W. Baron. (search)
Shlomo Shunami. (search)
Wiesbaden Depot. (search)
World Jewish Congress. (search)
World Zionist Organization. (search)
diaspora. (search)
heirless cultural property. (search)
historical consciousness. (search)
memory objects. (search)
post-war Europe. (search)
reconstruction. (search)
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In English.
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The astonishing story of the efforts of scholars and activists to rescue Jewish cultural treasures after the HolocaustIn March 1946 the American Military Government for Germany established the Offenbach Archival Depot near Frankfurt to store, identify, and restore the huge quantities of Nazi-looted books, archival material, and ritual objects that Army members had found hidden in German caches. These items bore testimony to the cultural genocide that accompanied the Nazis' systematic acts of mass murder. The depot built a short-lived lieu de memoire-a "mortuary of books," as the later renowned historian Lucy Dawidowicz called it-with over three million books of Jewish origin coming from nineteen different European countries awaiting restitution. A Mortuary of Books tells the miraculous story of the many Jewish organizations and individuals who, after the war, sought to recover this looted cultural property and return the millions of treasured objects to their rightful owners. Some of the most outstanding Jewish intellectuals of the twentieth century, including Dawidowicz, Hannah Arendt, Salo W. Baron, and Gershom Scholem, were involved in this herculean effort. This led to the creation of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Inc., an international body that acted as the Jewish trustee for heirless property in the American Zone and transferred hundreds of thousands of objects from the Depot to the new centers of Jewish life after the Holocaust. The commitment of these individuals to the restitution of cultural property revealed the importance of cultural objects as symbols of the enduring legacy of those who could not be saved. It also fostered Jewish culture and scholarly life in the postwar world.
List of Abbreviations
1. Confronting the Present
2. Envisioning a Future
3. Reconstructing Jewish Culture
4. Building the New State
5. Taking Action in Dark Times
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About the Translator
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jun 2020)
Skinner, Alex
De Gruyter.
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