Nazi Book Burnings – 10 May 1933

Posted on May 9th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also’ – Heinrich Heine (1797 to 1856)

In most university towns of Nazi Germany on the night of 10 May 1933, Nazi-supporting students burned over 25,000 books that were deemed to be ‘un-German’.

This bonfire of books followed on from the proclamation of ‘Action against the Un-German Spirit’, which had been declared on 6 April 1933.

To mark this very dark day, here are two newspaper reports about this funeral pyre of ‘un-German’ books.

historical newspaper story about nazi book burnings

Nottingham Evening Post – Thursday 11 May 1933

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000321/19330511/033/0007

historical newspaper story about nazi book burnings

Hull Daily Mail – Thursday 11 May 1933

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000324/19330511/003/0001

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