Tuesday, February 21, 2006

No reason

Wherein sometimes a quote is just a quote...and sometimes it isn't

From The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William H. Shirer:
On the evening of May 10, 1933, some four and a half months after Hitler became Chancellor, there occurred in Berlin a scene which had not been witnessed in the western world since the late Middle Ages. At about midnight a torchlight parade of thousands of students ended at a square on Unter den Linden opposite the Univeristy of Berlin. Torches were put to a huge pile of books that had been gathered there, and as the flames enveloped them more books were thrown on the fire until some twenty thousand had been consumed.

...In the words of a student proclamation, any book was condemned to the flames "which acts subversively on our future or strikes at the root of german thought, the German home and the driving forces of our people."

Dr. Goebbels, the new Propaganda Minister, who from now on was to put German culture into a Nazi strait jacket, addressed the students as the burning books turned to ashes. "The soul of the German people can again express itself. These flames not only illuminate the final end of an old era; they also light up the new."


Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hmmm, I've been reading similar things lately. A little uplifting bedtime reading, as it were. Here:


and here:


2/22/2006 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

oops, try that again:


2/22/2006 12:57:00 PM  

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