an oddity

When you wander through the European History section of the Dewey Decimal system (conceptually, though wandering through the physical shelves is a bit more apt for what I’m describing here) there’s a funny little phenomenon that happens in each country. The section for each country I mean. All these nations have a section designated by a 004 suffix. These 004s are for books about how the country in question treated its Jews. Now here’s the funny part: On the spine it says 943.004 JEWS. Not 943.004 HALL or whoever the author of the book is, it says JEWS. Even though as far as I can tell the number means it’s about Jews. There are different suffixes for different minority groups (and BLACKS get the same treatment). I don’t really understand why they do that.

“Look! A book about Jews!”

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