May 24, 2022

Rare Nazi Book Dropped in a Suburban Chicago Public Library Book Drop

From CBS Chicago:

West suburban LaGrange Park Public Library officials are brimming with curiosity on who dropped off a rare book stamped “Secret!” from notorious Nazi Commander Hermann Göring, which is now under study at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a great mystery,” said library director Dixie Conkis. “We had the book in our possession for a while not knowing quite what to do with it, but felt that because it was marked secret it was probably a rather important book.”


Stanek made the discovery just before a trip to visit her daughter in Washington. The two happened to tour the Holocaust museum, where she realized the book’s historical significance. [Ursula] Stanek, [circulation services director], later contacted the museum and learned it had only a reprint of the book from the 1990s, not an original. She delivered the volume found in LaGrange Park to the museum in May.

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