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The Infamous "Liste Otto"

Unerwuenschte franzoesische Literatur. Ouvrages littéraires français non désirables. [Undesirable French literary works].

[Paris, 1942]. Quarto (26.8 × 20.7 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 15 pp. Very good.

Second "Liste Otto", one of three volumes published under this unofficial title during the German occupation of Paris and the Vichy Regime. The pamphlet was issued on July8, 1942 and listed 1170 prohibited titles, including works deemed anti-German, works by Jewish authors or about Jews, communist texts, translations of authors from Enland and Poland, and others. The first list was published in September 1940, and communist works were added to the present volume following the break-up of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The final list appeared in May 1943 and contained many French Jewish writers.

All three lists were intended for use in all bookstores, publishers, and libraries under German occupation. Police operations based on these instructions quickly led to the confiscation of hundreds of thousands of books, which were gathered and destroyed. The unofficial name of the list derives from Otto Abetz (1903-1958), the German ambassador to France. Unlike earlier lists, however, the Liste Otto was actually drawn up in Paris by the local syndicat of publishers, under the editorial leadership of Henri Filipacchi (1900-1961).

As of November 2021, KVK, OCLC show six copies in North America.

Book ID: 51650

Price: $1,250.00