The delayed protest of the German clergy against bad taste and customs has been in vain even unto today. Barbarism has been victorious this year [early in 1933] from top to bottom. It has overtaken masters and servants and conquerors. -Entlarvte Geschichte (Unmasked History), 1933
WORKS BURNED Entlarvte Geschichte (Unmasked History), 1933. Curatorial note: This title was in good part shredded at the publisher when the Nazis came to power. The second edition appeared one year later in Prague.
The Nazis attacked ideas contrary to their own in all professions and pursuits. Werner Hegemann (1881-1936) was a prestigious city planner. He lived in the United States and did major work as a city planner as early as World War I, but returned to Berlin in 1924. He had developed a theory of urban planning that was premised on social priorities in laying out a decentralized city. The transportation system in this decentralized city would have appropriated some large landed estates. Hegemann's works praising American architecture and his modest sketches of German historical figures that ran counter to the Nazis' worshipful biographies brought him to the attention of the Nazis, who deprived him of his German citizenship. Hegemann emigrated to the U.S. via Czechoslovakia and became a professor of urban planning at Columbia University.