Introduction: The UNESCO Libraries Section

  • Miriam Intrator
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


This chapter introduces the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, the optimistic idealism that permeated the organization during its early days, and the early post–World War II context into which UNESCO, and its Libraries Section and Reconstruction Program specifically, emerged. UNESCO’s concern for books and libraries developed as a result of fascism’s targeted attacks in those areas, ranging from the public burning of books in 1933 and culminating in the theft, confiscation, and destruction of millions of books and thousands of libraries throughout the war years. The chapter also introduces the emotional relationships and connections that individuals, institutions, and organizations had with books and libraries, often seeing them as representatives of people and places lost during the war.



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  • Miriam Intrator
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  1. 1.Alden LibraryOhio University LibrariesAthensUSA

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