By Opritsa D. Popa, Winder McConnell
In Bibliophiles and Bibliothieves, Opritsa Popa has documented what could justifiably be defined because the so much celebrated case of looting of 2 German cultural treasures by way of a member of the U.S. military on the finish of global warfare II and their next odyssey throughout either an ocean and a continent: the pilfering from a cellar in undesirable Wildungen of the ninth-century Liber Sapientiae, containing the 2 leaves of the oldest extant German heroic poem, the previous excessive German Hildebrandslied, besides the fourteenth-century illuminated Willehalm codex, either one of which were faraway from the kingdom Library in Kassel for cover from bombing raids.
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Letter of W. Hopf to the Landeshauptmann, March 6, 1946. Before transferring the chest, Hopf obtained permission from the deputy Landeshauptmann, Dr. Otto Schellmann. ” sirens and no sound of enemy planes in the skies above. Kassel was aching for a period of respite. 44 Just as in autumns past, after the movie, one could perhaps stop for plum cake and tea at the Residenzcafé close to the library. 45 Around seven o’clock, house warden Georg Fiedler set out on his nightly inspection rounds. He and his wife were responsible for the civil defense of the Murhard Library.
Marlis G. Steinert, Hitlers Krieg und die Deutschen. Stimmung und Haltung der deutschen Bevölkerung im Zweiten Weltkrieg (Hitler’s war and the Germans. Public mood and attitude of the German people during the Second World War) (Düsseldorf: Econ, 1970), 423, for instance, mentions the execution of councilman Dr. 28 Dr. 30 At the time of his appointment, the library was in crisis. The British bombardment had left the Fridericianum in ruins. Thousands of fire and water damaged volumes demanded immediate attention.
11 Christ, 145: “In the saga of the survival of ancient literature, Fulda occupies a prominent place. ” 12 Schrimpf, 95. 13 The seven texts known to have been recorded in Fulda are: the Hildebrandslied, the Old High German translation of Tatian’s Evangelienharmonie, Fränkisches Taufgelöbnis, Fuldaer Beichte, Hammelburger Markbeschreibung, Basler Rezepte and the fragments of Lex Salica. 14 Schrimpf, 179. ” In: The Medieval Library. James Westfall Thompson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1939), 595.