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The archive thief : the man who salvaged French Jewish history in the wake of the Holocaust

Author: Lisa Moses Leff
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Series: Oxford series on history and archives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents from France and sold them to libraries in the United States. To understand why he did it, Leff takes us "backstage" at the archives and reveals the powerful ideological, economic, and scientific forces that made Holocaust-era Jewish scholars care more deeply than ever before about preserving the remnants of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Zosa Szajkowski; Zosa Szajkowski; Zosa Szajkowski
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Moses Leff
ISBN: 9780199380954 0199380953
OCLC Number: 893455457
Notes: "In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents from France and sold them to libraries in the United States. To understand why he did it, Leff takes us "backstage" at the archives and reveals the powerful ideological, economic, and scientific forces that made Holocaust-era Jewish scholars care more deeply than ever before about preserving the remnants of their past"--Provided by the publisher.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature from the Jewish Book Council Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material.
Description: xii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. Szajkowski's Passon --
2. A Usable Past --
3. A Salvage Operation --
4. The Parachutist --
5. Partisans of the Exodus --
6. The Fact Collector --
7. French Losses --
8. The Buyers --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Oxford series on history and archives.
Responsibility: Lisa Moses Leff.

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"In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents from France and sold them to libraries in the United States. To understand why he did it, Leff takes us "backstage" at the archives and reveals the powerful ideological, economic, and scientific forces that made Holocaust-era Jewish scholars care more deeply than ever before about preserving the remnants of their past"--Provided by the publisher.

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Leff, in this deeply researched and intriguing book, draws a nuanced portrait of a scholar who turned to crime to preserve his status as a historian of modern Jewish history. * Times of Israel * Why Read more...

 
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