Non-restitutable Books and the Library That Never Was

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


This chapter continues with the theme of confiscated books by examining the short-lived plan to build a World Jewish Library in Europe, under the auspices of UNESCO, as a home for a portion of confiscated Jewish books that could not be restituted because their original owners or any surviving relations had not survived or were not identifiable. The World Jewish Library plan, almost entirely forgotten since, challenges the long-held view that Jewish life and culture fled or was shipped, virtually without question or contest, out of post-Holocaust Europe at the earliest possible opportunity. This chapter argues that one of the visions for postwar Europe included a new future for a postwar Jewish Europe, one that provided an alternative future vision to Zionism.



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  • Miriam Intrator
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  1. 1.Alden LibraryOhio University LibrariesAthensUSA

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