Monday, January 28, 2019

LAC documents a holocaust that might have been

Library and Archives Canada got some international attention the other day when it announced acquisition of a Nazi-era book, once held in Adolf Hitler's personal library. that documented the Jewish population and organizations of Canada in disturbing detail.
"This information would have been the building blocks to rolling out the Final Solution in Canada," said LAC curator Michael Kent.
Creepy stuff. The book was produced in 1944, which means Nazi plans for the conquest of Canada were becoming extremely fantastical, but the intention is clear. It occurs to me that I know people who may have been children in 1944, but would have been part of this catalogue.

Many Holocaust museums will not acquire Nazi materials, apparently, but it seems absolutely appropriate for LAC to have ensured that it holds a copy of this work.

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