Nazis and Book Burning

I got interested in the censorship of books when my librarian was making a display for our library. It was a display of books, that at one time or another, had been banned. Such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Bluest Eye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Holy Bible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, etc… These books were banned because of sexual content, racism, social or political views, explicit language, etc… I thought that since the week of September 24th through  September 30th is banned book week this would be a good thing to do my paper on. Probably the most famous of book burnings was when the students in Nazi Germany burned 24000 books in Berlin, where 40000 people were in attendance. Where the books mentioned previously were banned because of contents, in most instances the books burned by the Nazis were primarily books written by Jewish intellectuals.

This was only the beginning of what the Jewish communities in Nazi occupied nations would be subject to. We need to be careful what we allow our leaders to do, you never know when or where and against whom the next censorship could occur.

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