Talk:Nazi book burnings

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Article creation[edit]

Uploaded by the USHMM. See OTRS ticket 2007071910012533 for details.USHMM T·C 18:13, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Minor editing.[edit]

Removed and edited POV text in the second paragraph of the final section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:14, 20 May 2008 (UTC)



I have a problem with the way postwar "de-Nazification" is equated with the original book burnings. The apparent representative of the Military Directorate quoted in a minor Time magazine is an unnamed U.S. official. We dont know how many German books were destroyed -- the Time article says the "the Allied order would eliminate millions more" books but we dont know if this is a serious interpretation of the law or if it was carried out. It seems quite unlikely, given the protests by the US, Britain and France over Soviet censorship in what was then Eastern Germany. In any event, this needs research.

(Wkovarik (talk) 11:16, 1 September 2010 (UTC))


I would like to suggest getting rid of this section. It seems politically motivated and off topic. The Time magazine quote was also far from conclusive and certainly not worthy of Wikipedia. As a Wikipedia beginner, however, I wanted to see what other people thought:

==Allied Denazification==

Millions of copies of these books were confiscated and destroyed. The representative of the Military Directorate admitted that the order in principle was no different from the Nazi book burnings.<ref>[,9171,776847,00.html Read No Evil] [[Time magazine]], May 27, 1946</ref> Artworks were under the same censorship as other media; ::"all collections of works of art related or dedicated to the perpetuation of German militarism or Nazism will be closed permanently and taken into custody.". The directives were very broadly interpreted, leading to the destruction of thousands of paintings and thousands more were shipped to deposits in the U.S. Those confiscated paintings still surviving in U.S. custody include for example a painting "depicting a couple of middle aged women talking in a sunlit street in a small town".<ref>Cora Goldstein "PURGES, EXCLUSIONS, AND LIMITS: ART POLICIES IN GERMANY 1933-1949, [ URL at Wayback machine]</ref>

--Baruchespinoza (talk) 12:46, 21 June 2010 (UTC)


This section is horrible. Can anyone fix this please? Not only is it poorly worded (what's up with the tense?) but it is completely unsourced and with (probably) incorrect or unverifiable information. This reads like a year 8 school project. I couldn't believe it when I read that supposedly the blame rests on the people. What sort of moralising crap is this? This section really offends me in terms of what wikipedia is supposed to be. - Storleone (talk) 04:09, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Can anyone think of a reason not to delete it? It's enormously POV and cites no sources.Pillcrow (talk) 03:56, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

March 18 edits by[edit]

I deleted the long text by and restored Alansohn's version for several reasons:

  •'s text is (at least in parts) copy-pasted from other websited, and only slightly altered
  • the compilation is chaotic, unformated and unsupported
  • it is largely off-topic (on book burnings in general etc)
  • the list of banned authers was expelled from the article without reasoning

--Derbeobachter (talk) 15:44, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Heine quote[edit]

Meant to only make a minor edit, adding missing closing quotes. Have instead swapped the translation for one that reads more smoothly. I realise this is a subjective decision, and a discussion that has also been at I have yet to see a translation that completely captures the generality of the "man" (be it others or us), the locality, and reads well in English. "Where books are burned, one eventually will burn people." is the closest I personally manage to render.

Tarchannen (talk) 01:18, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

List of authors whose books were burnt[edit]

I noticed that Charles Darwin is on the list of authors whose books were burned. But I am unable to find any list that mentions Darwin by name. Can anyone give me a link to a historical document that specifically mentions Darwin by name? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:54, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

I have a german source that has a list of authors that were banned.

I could not find Darwin or his work "On The Origin of Species" anywhere. If anyone has a link showing otherwise, I'd like to see it. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:59, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

I will cancel Charles Darwin since there's no reliable source stating his works were burnt. Calle Widmann (talk) 17:05, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

Werner Hegemann is not listed as an author whose books were burned. He was an architect and city planner and writer, who was and editor at Wasmuth Publishing house. His biography and a review of his writings which were critical of the Nazi movement was published in 2005: "Werner Hegemann and the Search for Universal Urbanism" by Chrstiane Crasemann Collins, W. W. Norton and Company, New York and London, 2005. Hagemann Studied at the University of Michigan, married an American, Ida Belle Guthe of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1920 and returned to Germany. Submitted by H. M. Hildebrandt, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:53, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

iw & red links[edit]

At List of authors whose books were burnt section:

Ernst Erich Noth, iw[edit]

Grete Weiskopf, iw[edit]

--PLA y Grande Covián (talk) 14:11, 2 September 2012 (UTC)