To the Seven Wonders of the World an eighth has joined in: Hitler's Germany. A relapse into medieval times yet simultaneously something unprecedented that can hardly be compared to anything else. -Die deutsche Tragödie: Der Selbstmord einer Republik (The German Tragedy: The Suicide of a Republic), 1933
Georg Bernhard (1875-1944), born in Berlin, was a prominent financial columnist, newspaper editor, and director of the prestigious Ullstein publishing house. From 1913, he was editor-in-chief of the Vossische Zeitung of Berlin. He wrote mostly about economic and financial news and issues. He was elected to the German parliament as a member of the German Democratic Party and was also active in Jewish community groups. Because the Nazis declared that the ranks of German journalists must be "cleansed" of Jews, Bernhard fled to Paris via Copenhagen in 1933 before the book burning. In Paris he contributed to and edited the liberal exile journal Pariser Tageblatt. He was interned after the German invasion of France, but was able to flee to the United States in 1941.