The Role of Displaced Book Collections in Culture

Ekaterina Genieva
2003 Library Trends  
SHOULD RARE BOOKS TAKEN during times ofwar as "trophies" by the enemy be restored to their original owners? This is a controversial but increasingly important issue for special collections libraries worldwide. Attempted restitution brings about a new set of losses and problems. Any rules or policies for such restitution will, at least for the time being, include complex legal and political considerations. It is important to consider that while the value of an individual book might not be so
more » ... , the same book as part of a collection might be very valuable. The German book trade and libraries, and their relation to the Soviet Union after World War 11,is a major case study in the problems surrounding restitution of cultural property-in particular, the lack of bibliographical citations for much of the material. Librarians should consider the creation of a bibliographically sound, all-European register of rare books.
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