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The Losses of the Music Collection of the Hessische Landesbibliothek in Darmstadt in 1944: A Case Study on the Failure to Safeguard Historical Library Holdings

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This chapter offers a near-complete view of the events that led to the catastrophe of 1944 in one of the greatest and most valuable historical libraries in Germany - Hessische Landesbibliothek (Hessian State Library) in Darmstadt during the Second World War. It sheds light on many general facets of knowledge preservation and destruction. Although the book burnings, the expropriation of Jewish libraries and personnel policy in the Third Reich have been researched extensively, there is a striking gap in the study of the administrative and practical aspects of the wartime history of German libraries. The loss of the major part of the ancient music collection at the Hessische Landesbibliothek in Darmstadt is attributable to four interacting factors: the lack of an examination of evacuation activities by state institutions, the exclusion of specialists from the library, the perfected bombing techniques in aerial warfare, and the incoherently performed evacuation.

Keywords: aerial warfare; ancient music collection; Darmstadt; evacuation activities; Hessische Landesbibliothek; Jewish libraries; Second World War; Third Reich



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