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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: New York : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Oxford Series on History and Archives.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski gathered up tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin, and later, public archives and private synagogues in France, and moved them all, illicitly, to New York. In The Archive Thief, Lisa Moses Leff reconstructs Szajkowski's story in all its ambiguity. Born into poverty in Russian Poland, Szajkowski first made his name in Paris as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Leff, Lisa Moses.
Archive thief
(DLC) 2014043507
(OCoLC)893455457
Named Person: Zosa Szajkowski; Zosa Szajkowski
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Moses Leff
ISBN: 9780199380961 0199380961
OCLC Number: 907067618
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 CouncilFinalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; The Archive Thief; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Szajkowski's Passion; 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 gathered up tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin, and later, public archives and private synagogues in France, and moved them all, illicitly, to New York. In The Archive Thief, Lisa Moses Leff reconstructs Szajkowski's story in all its ambiguity. Born into poverty in Russian Poland, Szajkowski first made his name in Paris as a communist journalist. In the late 1930s, as he saw the threats to Jewish safety rising in Europe, he broke with the party and committed himself to defending his people in a new wa.

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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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