Conference Proceeding: Bibliocaust Survivors: The Fate of the Jewish Book Collections in Poland after 1945

The Second World War brought to an end a thousand-years existence of Polish Jews and their cultural heritage. From over 748 secular Jewish libraries and unnumbered religious and private book collections that existed in Poland before 1939, only fragments remained. Usually, little attention is paid to these Bibliocaust survivors, but like other cultural assets stolen by the Nazis, they have a particular memory value. Using the example of the Esra Public Library and Reading Room, which existed in Cracow for 40 years (1899-1939), Monika will present the fate of the Jewish book collections after 1945, map their dispersion, and briefly describe the research strategy in rediscovering looted books.

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