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November 2, 2010

When books were burned in Nazi Germany…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:02 pm

Most Americans are familiar with the line written by German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine, in his 19th century play Almansor: “Where they burn books; in the end, they will also burn people.”  Here it is in the original German:  “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen”

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany, and on May 10, 1933, thousands of books were burned in the Opernplatz in Berlin and other German cities.   (more…)