Collection Development

Ethical Dilemma: Should the Library Add a Book Hitler Owned to Its Collection?

Published: January 25, 2019

When the book appeared on LAC’s radar, Kent said curators struggled with the moral implications of purchasing it. Other institutions including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum refuse to buy items owned by Nazis.Ultimately, Kent said, LAC decided to purchase the book because of the prevalence of Holocaust denial and xenophobia.”While this is certainly a creepy item, the decision to acquire it was simple,” he said. “The chance to acquire an item like this reminds us of … the role we play in ensuring the memory of the Holocaust is preserved.”

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