Dwie modalności libricide

Katarzyna Liszka

The aim of the article is to describe the complexity of the meaning of the Nazi libricide during the Shoah. The author argues that libricide can be understood according to two modalities of destruction which left people without books on the one hand, and books without people on the other. It is not sufficient to conceptualize libricide from the perspective of the modality which concentrates on the destruction of Jewish books and libraries, without taking into account another modality of destruction, in which what remains are books deprived of three generations of readers, namely the murdered Jews. As to the first modality of libricide, the author follows Rebecca Knuth’s comparative study Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and, as to the other, George Steiner’s collection of essays Language and Silence.
Słowa kluczowe: Szoah, książki, libricide, George Steiner, Rebecca Knuth