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Author Peiss, Kathy Lee, author

Title Information hunters : when librarians, soldiers, and spies banded together in World War II Europe / Kathy Peiss
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Summary 'Information Hunters' examines the unprecedented American effort to acquire foreign publications & information in World War II Europe. An unlikely band of librarians, scholars, soldiers, & spies went to Europe to collect books & documents to aid the Allies' cause. They travelled to neutral cities to find enemy publications for intelligence analysis & followed advancing armies to capture records in a massive program of confiscation. After the war, they seized Nazi works from bookstores & schools & gathered countless looted Jewish books. Improvising library techniques in wartime conditions, they contributed to Allied intelligence, preserved endangered books, engaged in restitution, & participated in the denazification of book collections. This work explores what collecting meant to the men & women who embarked on these missions & how the challenges of a total war led to an intense focus on books & documents
Notes Due to be issued in print: 2020
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on October 9, 2019)
Subject United States. Office of Strategic Services.
Library of Congress Mission to Germany.
Library of Congress Mission to Germany.
United States. Office of Strategic Services.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- Europe
World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence -- United States
Books -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Intelligence service -- United States -- Information services
Acquisitions (Libraries) -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Cultural property -- Protection -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Librarians -- United States -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Europe
Acquisitions (Libraries)
Cultural property -- Protection.
Destruction and pillage.
Military intelligence.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780190944643 (ebook)
0190944641 (ebook)