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A Short History of Burning Books | BIBLIOCLASM

A Short History of Burning Books | BIBLIOCLASM

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In 1821 the famous German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine, who wrote in his 1821 play Almansor the famous admonition, “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen”: “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.” Each of us have probably thought about burning a book we dreaded to read during […]

Nazi Book Burning

Nazi Book Burning

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Books represent humanity at its best and its worst. To burn books is simply a fundamental repression of ideas. I mean, what can a book do? And why is it so dangerous that it needs to be physically annihilated? In 1933, the National Socialist German Workers Party, called the Nazis for short, came to power […]