Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 12:03:41 -0600
From: Nick Tretter
I am writing to you because the Department of Special Collections and Rare Books of the University of Minnesota Libraries recently received a package that was supposed to contain 19 German books mailed from Berlin, Germany and which arrived empty. An inspection by the Department and the postal authorities was unable to determine if the package was ripped open or broke open along the route. We are not sure if the books have been deliberately stolen or are missing. Each book was individually wrapped in white tissue paper and contained a “bookmark” inside the front cover.
These books are considered World Heritage items because they were the personal property of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld and were the books he was able to collect while he was in exile in Nice, France after the burning of the Hirschfeld Library by the Nazis on May 10, 1933. Of the 19 books in the package seven (7of the 19) were more modern books that were gifts to us from the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e. V. in Berlin
for a complete list of missing items and descriptions.
If you have any leads on these missing books please contact Jean-Nickolaus Tretter or Tim Johnson. Should you have received any or all of our missing German books I can assure you that we will make arrangements for their return at absolutely no cost to you and with a minimal effort or work on your part. If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact us at any time. Please also feel free to circulate this message as you see fit. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Depart. of Special Collections and Rare Books
University of Minnesota Libraries