German state library returns books looted by Nazis from Jesuits

The university and state libraries in the German state of Saxony were on Wednesday returning 22 books stolen by the Nazis to the library of the HohenEichen House, a Jesuit centre in Dresden, the state capital.

The books, identified by a stamp mark during a research project into Nazi loot, include a dictionary of church terminology.

HohenEichen House was founded in 1921 and is the centre of the Jesuit order in Dresden and the nearby town of Meissen.

It was closed by the Nazis in 1941 and all of the buildings and their contents were confiscated.

An unknown quantity of books were donated by the Gestapo to the state library. All but 22 of those were destroyed when the city was bombed by the Allies in 1945.

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