Looted books, reading under surveillance
A history of French libraries under the Nazi occupation. 

A conference by Martine Poulain,
Manager of the Department of Libraries and Documentation at the National Institute of Art History.  In relation to her book 
Livres pillés, lectures surveillées. Une histoire des bibliothèques françaises sous l'occupation (Gallimard essais). 

An encounter moderated by Jean-Claude Kuperminc, Manager of the Library of the Alliance israélite universelle, and general secretary of the European Network of Judaica and Hebraica Libraries (online catalogue at www.rachelnet.org). This network provides a common catalogue for the following libraries: Alliance israélite universelle, Séminaire israélite de France, the Medem Library, the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, and Akadem. In cooperation with the the Commission française des archives juives.

Tuesday April 28 at 8:00pm
The main victims of the Nazi plundering were, in the years 1940 - 1944, the Jewish, Slavic and Masonic libraries, as well as private libraries belonging to those persecuted by the Reich: Jews, German opponents, and politicians that participated in the Popular Front government. Over ten million books were sent to Germany, including libraries of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) and of the Séminaire israélite de France (SIF), while the books of the Medem Library were hidden in a cellar of its premises at the time, at 110 rue Vieille-du-Temple in Paris

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