A curious addition to the Beinecke Library's collection: This miniature booklet displays a cover title declaring it to be a "thumb dictionary" of French and German terms. The inside cover betrays its true role, since that is distributed by the "Parti Socialiste Clandestin". Instead of translated words and phrases, this book is full of instructions for members of the French Resistance on how to sabotage German machinery, manufacturing plants, trains, and automobiles.
April 20, 2010
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