By Opritsa D. Popa, Winder McConnell

In Bibliophiles and Bibliothieves, Opritsa Popa has documented what could justifiably be defined because the such a lot celebrated case of looting of 2 German cultural treasures via a member of the U.S. military on the finish of global warfare II and their next odyssey throughout either an ocean and a continent: the pilfering from a cellar in undesirable Wildungen of the ninth-century Liber Sapientiae, containing the 2 leaves of the oldest extant German heroic poem, the previous excessive German Hildebrandslied, besides the fourteenth-century illuminated Willehalm codex, either one of which have been faraway from the kingdom Library in Kassel for cover from bombing raids.

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The official food ration per person was 1,600 calories a day,5 but reality was quite different. Potatoes, vegetables, and sugar were scarce, meat and bread a luxury. ” “Letzte Kriegstage 1945 in Kassel in Tagebüchern und anderen zeitgenössischen Quellen” (Five minutes past midnight: The last days of the war in 1945 in Kassel reflected in diaries and other contemporary sources), editor Frank-Roland Klaube, Kasseler Quellen und Studien, Kleine Reihe, vol. 5 (Marburg: Jonas, 1995), 12. , 46. , 27.

Archives of the Universitätsbibliothek Kassel – Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel – Reproduced by permission) 29 30 Chapter 2: “Habent Sua Fata Libelli” – Books Have Their Own Destiny The oral tradition of the poem resonates from the opening verse, from that ritualized phrase, which German school children once used to learn by heart. It sounds like a beguiling invitation, a call that captures the attention and lures the listener into its realm of wonder: “Ik gihorta dat seggen.

Israël was asked to accompany the Kassel manuscript collection to its evacuation site in Marburg, where he remained until 1948. (Ex Bibliotheca Cassellana, 39). 29 Hans-Oskar Weber, 372. Weber remarks that although Baldewein was rumored to be a member of the SD and an agent, he never took action against library colleagues denounced by informers. In 1945, as punishment for his Nazi past, Baldewein was dismissed without compensation. 30 Ex Bibliotheca Cassellana, 95. Note: Happel, 29–30, lists the educational, political, and racial requirements necessary to become a research librarian under National Socialism: To enroll in library training, a candidate had to have a doctoral degree, be a member of the Nazi Party, and, if married, the spouse had to be of Aryan bloodline.

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