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Fighting the fires of hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings
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Have you read any of the burned books? Admired any of the artists? Did it surprise you that the Nazis targeted non-German authors?
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Lindsay I'm not surprised that they targeted non-German authors. When there's an event or a group of people like the Nazis, something so big and so long. You can't underestimate them, with anything. You have to assume the worst, because most of the time it's worse.
April 19, 2007 05:20 PM
 
Caitlyn WHAT IS THE WORLD TRUNING INTO?!?!?! I MAY BE YOUNG, AND PEOPLE MAY NOT RESPECT THAT I HAVE AN OPPINION OF MY OWN... BUT THIS IS INSANE! I MEAN REALLY BURNING A BOOK BECAUSE OF ITS CONTENT OF ITS LANGUAGE?!?!?!? AND THEN THE BANNING OF BOOKS FROM SHELVES AND SCHOOLS ALL ACROSS AMERICA! THIS IS NOT HOW OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PICTURED THE FUTURE OF AMERICA!
March 22, 2006 07:21 PM
 
Joe I think that the book burnings was a tragic thing. Ican`t believe that this actually happened to people.It did suprise me
September 14, 2005 09:53 AM
 
MARGOT MC GUIRE FOR 50 YRS I HAVE WONDERED HOW AMERICANS COULD LET THIS HAPPEN TO OTHER PEOPLE. WITH THE REACTION TO IRAQI FREEDOM, I NOW KNOW. IT'S A LACK OF EMPATHY FOR THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS. I HAVE READ ALL OF THE AUTHORS LISTED AND WOULD FIGHT FOR ANYONE ELSE TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE.
June 11, 2003 01:00 PM
 
Shannon Did Helen Keller ever get a repsonce back from the letter she wrote to the newspaper? What she wrote was so true, and I think she should be sudied more in schools these days, for ALL that she was and for all that she accomplished.
May 28, 2003 03:26 AM
 
Fred Meyer This exhibit is particularly given that under the current Patriot Act, the government seeks the power to question librarians about which books patrons have borrowed, and to punish librarians who fail to providee the information or who inform patrons that their borrowings have been reported. Thus, I have written my congressional representatives to oppose the Patriot Act. Our local city council will likely go on record shortly as opposing the Patriot Act.
May 22, 2003 06:21 PM
 
Jona I think it's terrible that they could turn something like that into a publicity stunt.
May 13, 2003 01:37 PM
 
USHMM historian There were different "blacklists" at various times during the Nazi era. You can find a list of over 50 targeted authors and artists, as well as brief biographies and excerpts from their work, by visiting the "Authors & Works" sections of this online exhibit.
May 12, 2003 05:05 PM
 
Mary I have been interested in the Holocaust since I was a young girl, however, I never delved into the authors of the book burnings. Could you list the authors?
May 11, 2003 08:18 AM
 
USHMM historian Thanks for these great questions. Many American readers are unfamiliar with some authors targeted by the Nazis. This is true for a variety of reasons: a majority of them wrote in German, some were politically prominent in Germany and less so abroad. Many well-known authors' works were burned including those of German authors (like Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann) and American writers (like Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and Jack London). As for visual artists, perhaps the best known were Marc Chagall and Paul Klee.
May 06, 2003 12:50 PM
 

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