The review essay claims that no books plunder was initiated by the National and University Library in Jerusalem, neither with regard to the books of European Jewry found after World War II, nor with regard to the Palestinian books abandoned during the 1948 war, or the Yemenite Jewish books not claimed after their arrival as cargo without owners to Israel.

The essay is a translated and annotated version of Zeev Gries's talk, given in Hebrew at a literary evening in the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (February 12, 2015), on the occasion of the publication of Gish Amit's book.

Author Biography & Related Information

Zeev Gries is a Professor (Emeritus) at the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. His expertise is the history of the Jewish book. Among his many publications; articles and books is The Book in the Jewish World, 1700–1900 (Oxford & Portland, OR: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007).