Thursday, May 10, 2018
85th Anniversary of Nazi Book Burning
"Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people."
-Heinrich Heine, 1920
85 years ago today Nazi Germany committed a crime against knowledge.
After conducting a May 6 raid on the Magnus Hirschfeld Institute which since 1919 had been doing pioneering research on trans and gay people, on May 10, 1933 the institute's 20,000 books and 500 images along with other 'unGerman' books went up in flames in the Opernplatz (now called the Bebelplatz) as Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels spoke in front of a crowd of 40,000 people.
Conservatives are quick to call any news story or article criticizing them as 'fake news' and even call any news outlets critical to them 'lugenpresse'.
That needs to stop before it does damage to our country we can't fix in a few election cycles .