Armed conflict has remained a driving force in how books and manuscripts have circulated throughout history, as much as it has been an underlying cause of their destruction. From the Thirty Years War to the French Revolution, and more recently, over the course of nearly constant conflict characterising the 20th century, the value of books as cultural heritage, no matter whose culture, has been altered in times of crisis. But how? And for whom?
“Refugees and Ambassadors: 20th Century emigré booksellers and their books,” will discuss this topic as it relates to a major figure in both the creation of value and the survival of books: the bookseller, featuring presentations by Arnold Hunt, Brooke Palmieri, and Julia Rosenthal, and a discussion chaired by William Sherman.
Doors will open at 6.30, the discussion will start at 7pm.
Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.
Image depicts Professor Gershon Scholem, Hebrew University, Palestine, identifying the origin of rare Hebrew manuscripts at the Offenbach Archival Depot after the end of WWII, in order to return them to their original owners from whom they had been stolen by Nazi armies.