THE MAKING OF A DICTATOR

” The symbolic moment of capitulation of German intellectuals to the ‘new spirit’ of 1933 came with the burning on 10 May of the books of authors unacceptable to the regime. University faculties and senates collaborated. Their members, with few exceptions, attended the bonfires. The poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), whose works were among those consumed by the flames, had written:

“Where books are burnt, in the end people are also burnt.”

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(from Sir Ian Kershaw’s monumental and award-winning biography: HITLER)

 

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