Library of Congress May Have Nazi-looted Books in Its Collection

A U.S. commission is looking into whether the Library of Congress has Nazi-looted books in its collection.

“Books came to the Library of Congress after World War II from Europe,” Stu Loeser, the spokesman for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, told JTA. “Undoubtedly these books are there.”

Members and staff of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States met with Library of Congress officials Tuesday, Loeser said.

“They are working cooperatively with us,” Loeser said. “They know their collection better than anybody else.”

Asked if the commission knows whether books looted from Jewish victims are in the library’s collection, Loeser said, “Part of the resolution will be a definitive statement about this.”

He said the questions being pursued include whether any of those books held at the library are from Holocaust victims and whether ownership of the books can be traced.

Officials at the Library of Congress could not be reached Thursday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

Meanwhile, Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Tex.), the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, dropped his opposition to another $2.5 million for the commission.

The funding will now be considered by the full Senate.

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