ARTIST TALK: Anders Rydell, The Book Thieves

  • Book Thieves

    Book Thieves Photo: Anders Rydell

The Library of Congress European Division in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden presents The Book Thieves:  The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell

The Book Thieves tells the story of the Nazis’ systematic pillaging of Europe’s libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners.
Through extensive new research, Anders Rydell reveals the untold story of how the Nazis began to compile libraries of their own that were used to wage an intellectual war on their enemies. In this secret war, the libraries of Jews, communists, liberal politicians, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and many other opposition groups were appropriated for Nazi research, and used as an intellectual weapon against their owners.

Anders Rydell is an established journalist, editor, and author of nonfiction. His works on the Nazi looting of art and books have been translated into 19 languages, among them German, Italian, Russian, and Chinese. The Book Thieves (Viking, 2017) is his first book in English.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Book signing to follow

WHERE: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119,  Located on First Street, SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street.

The event is free and no registration required.