Losses suffered during the war

Losses suffered by the Saxon State Library during the war are limited not only to those that date back to the heavy bombing of Dresden on 13th February 1945. By far the largest part of the inventory was taken to salvage sites during the Second World War and most of it survived the war undamaged. However, after the war, the Soviet Trophy Commission evacuated about 258,000 volumes from the storage sites. Most losses suffered during the war have already been documented and can be easily and quickly identified (for example, by antiquarian book dealers) with the help of ownership stamps and the inventory register for losses suffered during war.