Returning Jewish Cultural Property: The Handling of Books Looted by the Nazis in the American Zone of Occupation, 1945 to 1952

  title={Returning Jewish Cultural Property: The Handling of Books Looted by the Nazis in the American Zone of Occupation, 1945 to 1952},
  author={Robert George Lesson Waite},
  journal={Libraries \& Culture},
  pages={213 - 228}
  • R. Waite
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • History
  • Libraries & Culture
At the end of World War II, American troops discovered depots filled with millions of books that had been seized by the Nazis throughout Europe. The confiscation was part of the systematic effort by the Nazis to eradicate the Jews from Europe. Beginning in 1945, American occupation forces consolidated the books at the Offenbach Archival Depot for processing and eventual restitution to the country of origin and the books' owners. Several individuals and organizations were instrumental in this… 

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