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Subject Guide: Book Looting During the Holocaust

Archival and library collection highlights found at the Center related to the looting and destruction of Jewish books during the Holocaust, and later restitution efforts.

The Strashun Library, Vilna. 2000.13 Yeshiva University Museum

About this Guide

This LibGuide was created to assist in researching the destruction of Jewish books during the Holocaust, delving beyond the well-known book burnings to study the Nazi's goal of completely wiping the Jewish people off the face of the earth through erasing their intellectual heritage. The LibGuide covers several countries, the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (the main government branch responsible for looting and destruction), ex-libris and bookplates for use in provenance research, libraries in the Vilna and Theresienstadt Ghettos, and the role of the Offenbach Archival Depot in the restitution of looted books after the war. Various archival collections and books from each of the Center's five partner institutions are highlighted. If you are interested in a collection or library item you do not see highlighted in this guide, please visit, where you can search by keyword, name, title, or subject. 

NOTE: This is by no means a complete list of available collections that highlight book looting and destruction during the Holocaust. Please feel free to email if you have any additional questions about the breadth of books, archival collections, and multimedia housed at the Center. 

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