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Stolen Words

The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Free of charge, reservations required, space limited

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About the Program:

Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs on the 27th of the Jewish month of Nisan each year. "Shoah," which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. Many commemorate Yom HaShoah by lighting yellow candles in order to keep the memories of the victims alive.


Please join us at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday April 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation by noted author Mark Glickman, who will discuss his recent book Stolen Words: the Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books, an epic story about the largest collection of Jewish books in the world (tens of millions of books that the Nazis looted from European Jewish families and institutions).


Nazi soldiers and civilians emptied Jewish communal libraries, confiscated volumes from government collections, and stole from Jewish individuals, schools, and synagogues. Early in their regime, the Nazis burned some books in spectacular bonfires, but most they saved, stashing the literary loot in castles, abandoned mine shafts, and warehouses throughout Europe. It was the largest and most extensive book-looting campaign in history.


After the war, Allied forces discovered these troves of stolen books but quickly found themselves facing a barrage of questions. How could the books be identified? Where should they go? Who had the authority to make such decisions? Eventually, the army turned the books over to Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc., an organization of leading Jewish scholars including the acclaimed historian Salo Baron and the philosopher Hannah Arendt serving as on-the-ground director. The organization was charged with establishing restitution protocols.


About the Speaker:

Rabbi Mark S. Glickman was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1990. He is Rabbi of Temple B'nai Tikvah, in Calgary, Alberta. He writes a regular religion column for the Seattle Times and has been featured in many other books and journals. His book on the Cairo Genizah has been featured on Public Radio International's "The World," the Jewish Daily Forward and elsewhere. On January 1, 2000, the Tacoma News Tribune named Rabbi Glickman one of the "20 People to Watch for the Century."


Supported by a grant from the Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County


About the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum:

The Nixon Presidential Library recently reopened the museum after a $15 million redesign of the permanent gallery. Guests can now experience a state-of-the-art learning environment that inspires critical thinking about the life and career of our 37th president and his era.


A notable interactive, "Tough Choices," provides visitors the opportunity to evaluate guidance from key advisors related to three policy areas President Nixon faced, one of which includes the U.S. aid to Israel for the Yom Kippur War. In the new gallery, guests can explore Nixon's goals and achievements in the Middle East, as well as how his policies in the region remain relevant today. Statues of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir from the Library's previous exhibits are displayed here.


The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is one of fourteen Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible.

For more information about museum visitor hours and researcher hours, call 714-983-9120 or go to www.nixonlibrary.gov.


Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886


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