Adolf Hitler's private library

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Adolf Hitler's private library was Adolf Hitler's private collection of books, excluding books he purchased for the German state library.


The first description of his private collection was published in 1942. Hitler's private books that were kept in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin were confiscated by the Soviets and sent to Moscow. Books in Munich and Berchtesgaden (as well as Hitler's Globe from Berchtesgaden) were taken as war booty by individual American soldiers. 3,000 were later discovered in a Berchtesgaden salt mine, and they were taken by the Library of Congress. They are now in a special locked room in the Library of Congress where they can be accessed five at a time and read in the rare book reading room.[1] Eighty books that belonged to Hitler were identified in the basement of Brown University.[1][2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryback, Timothy (May 2003). "Hitler's Forgotten Library". Atlantic Monthly.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kershaw, Ian (September 24, 2008). "Timothy Ryback's 'Hitler's Private Library'". New York Sun. Retrieved 2008-12-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ryback, Timothy (2008). Hitler's Private Library. Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-1-4000-4204-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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