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Did Nazis Burn a Lublin Yeshiva’s Library?

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Published: 4 September 2017

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Nazis are thought to have burned the Lublin yeshiva library's collection, but clues indicate this is simply not true

The Mystery Behind The Lost Books of a Cherished Lublin Yeshiva (Forward)
Nazis are thought to have burned the Lublin yeshiva library's collection. Despite sounding plausible — the famous 1933 book burning by German university students was notable for bonfires and band music too — the account is highly dubious for at least two reasons: First, the Deutsche Jugend Zeitung did not publicize the purported book burning until February 1940, five months after the onset of the German occupation. Second, not one contemporary newspaper, including the Vőlkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the Third Reich, and Der Angriff, the personal newspaper of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, ever confirmed the report (Aug 31)

Photo: The inauguration of the Yeshivah Chachmei Lublin in 1924


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