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Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe

Kathy Peiss

Abstract

Information Hunters examines the unprecedented American effort to acquire foreign publications and information in World War II Europe. An unlikely band of librarians, scholars, soldiers, and spies went to Europe to collect books and documents to aid the Allies’ cause. They traveled to neutral cities to find enemy publications for intelligence analysis and followed advancing armies to capture records in a massive program of confiscation. After the war, they seized Nazi works from bookstores and schools and gathered countless looted Jewish books. Improvising library techniques in wartime conditi ... More

Keywords: military intelligence, librarians, archivists, Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Services, OSS, denazification, restitution, information science, book collecting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190944612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190944612.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Peiss, author
Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania