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Discussion week3 humm Hello Class, Comparing and contrasting the personalities and policies of Hitler and Stalin is an enormous topic. Let's start out by looking at Hitler's policy of indoctrinating the German people. The text tells us that the Nazis burned books with opposing or "incorrect" views in public bonfires (Goff et. al. 230). On May 1, 1933, thousands of Nazi students and professors raided libraries and bookstores in 30 German cities. The authors of some of the books burned were Jews, but most were not. Some examples of those authors whose books were burned are Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann, Ernest Hemingway, and Helen Keller. When Helen Keller heard her books were burned she said "Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas." (From Michael Berenbaum, The World Must Know: A History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pp. 24-25). A century earlier, Heinrich Heine, a German poet of Jewish origin wrote: "Where one burns books, one will, in the end, burn people." Do you agree? Why is this such a prophetic statement?
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Unformatted text preview: For more information on Nazi book burnings see: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/bookburning The following statement is taken from a contemporary account of Germany in 1939: “…Though the Fuehrer’s anti-Semitic program furnished the National Sot party in the first instance with a nucleus and rallying-cry, it was swept into office by two things with which the 'Jewish Problem' did not have the slightest connection. One the one side was economic distress and the revulsion against Versailles; on the other, chicanery and intrigue…Hitler and his party had promised the unhappy Germans a new heaven and a new earth, coupled with the persecution of the Jews. Unfortunately, a new heaven and earth cannot be manufactured to order. But a persecution of the Jews can…” How do you interpret this contemporary account of the persecution of people who are Jewish? Elaborate....
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