The Burning of the Books: 10 May 1933

Methodical, even in their torching, the Germans make “a bed of sand. On this bed they lay logs, criss-crossing them, stacking them with with care . . . The logs form a pyre twelve feet square and five feet high.”

This fantastic pyre is accompanied by: 1) of course torches; 2) a mad minister: Goebbels, practically chortling with glee as he presides over the bonfire of books.

Identical book burnings are staged “in thirty-four universities” across Germany.

There are a few protest posters (Trigger Warning: Language)

EVERY DECENT HUMAN BEING IS ASHAMED TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE GERMAN WAY.

ASSHOLES DO NOT BELONG IN THE UNIVERSITY, THEY BELONG IN THE SHITHOUSE.

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, p. 100

The cousin of Arvin Harnack is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most outspoken critics of Hitler’s campaign against “inferior races.” A Lutheran pastor, he even goes to America to try and arouse support for German Jews. He is swept up, like many other members of his family. Like his cousin Arvin and Arvin’s wife Mildred. Dietrich spends most of the war years in Dachau. He is hanged in April 1945, a month before the German surrender.

Today, self decided to find out if there were any memorials in Germany honoring Mildred Harnack. She found this: the German Resistance Memorial Center. Mildred Harnack is given a brief bio. The last sentence: “Mildred Harnack was murdered on February 16, 1943 . . . “ That is impressive wording.

Stay tuned.

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