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Lecture to discuss UNESCO and the fate of Jewish books in post-Holocaust Europe

Nov. 1 event will highlight books plundered by the Nazis during World War II and the reconstruction of Europe's intellectual heritage after the war.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nazi theft and destruction led to the scattering of Jewish books after World War II. A guest lecture Nov. 1 on Penn State’s University Park campus will explore a proposed World Jewish Library, under the auspices of the nascent UNESCO, and a vision for a Jewish future in post-Holocaust Europe that existed outside of Israel and the U.S. in surviving communities.

Miriam Intrator, special collections librarian at the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections in Alden Library at Ohio University, will present “UNESCO and the Fate of Jewish Books in Post-Holocaust Europe” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Penn State’s University Libraries, the Center for Humanities and Information, and the College of the Liberal Arts’ Department of History and Jewish Studies Program are the event’s co-sponsors.

For questions about the physical access provided or to make arrangements for special accommodations, contact history librarian Eric Novotny at or 814-865-1014.

Last Updated January 13, 2017