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Saving the Ludwig von Mises Papers: How the Holocaust Museum Helped Uncover a Nazi Treasure Trove in Moscow

Holocaust memorial in Mauthausen, Lower Austria, Austria, Europe

Holocaust memorial in Mauthausen, Lower Austria, Austria, Europe

 

by Steve Mariotti (“The Huffington Post” on September 24, 2013)

As I reported in The Economic Philosopher’s Outcast: Mises, the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo after the Nazis occupied Vienna in March 1938. What I didn’t mention is that he was forced to leave his voluminous papers behind — a painful experience for any writer!

Although the Gestapo failed to nab Mises, who had escaped to Switzerland, they ransacked his apartment at 24 Wollseile, confiscating his manuscripts, articles, university lectures and extensive correspondence with many of the greatest thinkers of his time.

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