Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen: Where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people.
-Heinrich Heine, Almansor, 1820-21
This month 80 years ago, smoke billowed over German university towns.
Parading members of the German Student Association burned over 25,000 books in May 1933. Over 40,000 gathered in Berlin as speakers decried corruption and immorality and encouraged the next generation to “commit to the flames the evil spirit of the past.”
Works burned included anarchist, socialist, Jewish, pacifist writings–and anything else seen to undermine the German spirit.
The burned authors include playwright Heirich Heine, who had written his above warning over a hundred years earlier. See the list here
You’ll find their writings and books about them at the library:
Albert Einstein: Einstein: His Life and His Universe, Possessing Genius, many more
Jack London: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea Wolf,
Upton Sinclair: The Jungle, Dragon’s Teeth
Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, The Sun Also Rises
Karl Marx: The Communist Manifesto, Capital
Helen Keller: The Story of My Life