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Lenin Library of Gorky Oblast

Lenin Library of Gorky Oblast. City of Gorky. An oblast is a Russian term for an administrative zone or province; this particular one was named after famed Russian author and revolutionary Maxim Gorky. This specific library (named after Lenin), was evidently evacuated and materials removed from the library following a government directive in June of 1941, out of concern that materials would be damaged during wartime. The city is now known as Nizhny Novgorod, but it was known as Gorky from 1932-1990.

 

This book stamp is from a book looted by the Nazis and sorted by Colonel Seymour Pomrenze, one of “the Monuments Men,” at the Offenbach Archival Depot.

 

 

There are two scrapbooks of archival markings from the books sorted at the Offenbach Depot in the Seymour Pomrenze Collection held by the American Jewish Historical Society (Call number P-933) There is a finding aid for the collection here The digitized scrapbooks are available here and here.

 

 

For more information on this project check the Center’s blog: 16thstreet.tumblr.com/tagged/Offenbach-Depot

 

 

Dr. Mitch Fraas, Acting Director of the Digital Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' Special Collections Center is working on a similar project for the German book stamps based on NARA microfilm of the volumes the American Jewish Historical Society currently holds. See viewshare.org/views/mfraas/offenbach-bookplates/

 

 

The Center for Jewish History would like to acknowledge the following: The American Jewish Historical Society, who graciously allowed the use of their archival materials and digital content; Mitch Fraas, Acting Director of the Digital Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' Special Collections Center, for his data and technical assistance in this project; David Rosenberg, Senior Manager for Communications, and Melanie Meyers, Senior Reference Services Librarian for Special Collections, for managing and creating the digital map; as well as Reference Services Librarian Zachary Loeb and Reference Services Assistant Ilya Slavutskiy for their work on translating and mapping.

 

 

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