Today Germany Sadly Recalls…May 10, 1933…80-Year Anniversary Of Nazi Book-Burning…Eerie Parallels

Today is the 80-year anniversary of mass book burning by Nazi Germany in 1933, one of the darkest chapters of human civilization.

Literary and philosophical works that did not conform to the ideological standards of the Nationalist Socialist Party were collected from prestigious university libraries and burned in public. They included some of the greatest works ever written. Much of the burning was zealously carried out by students and academics.

Wikipedia writes: “On April 6th, 1933, the Main Office for Press and Propaganda of the German Student Association proclaimed a nationwide ‘Action against the Un-German Spirit’, which was to climax in a literary purge or ‘cleansing’ (‘Säuberung’) by fire. The students described the ‘action’ as a response to a worldwide Jewish ‘smear campaign’ against Germany.”

Today the German media are carrying many reports and reflecting on this dark, shameful chapter.

Book burning, calls for executions are back today in climate science

Many of us might think: “Well, this happened 80 years ago, and could never happen today, especially in Europe or America.” Think again. It just happened on a small but poignant manner in sunny, enlightened California, at the University of San Jose Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. Read about it here at WUWT.

Recently a University of Graz professor called for the execution of climate science skeptics. Aren’t the parallels eerie? This ought lead us to pause and reflect deeply for a moment.

Berlin, Bücherverbrennung

The face of arrogance, intolerance, ignorance and hatred. Photo credit: German National Archives, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.

 

4 responses to “Today Germany Sadly Recalls…May 10, 1933…80-Year Anniversary Of Nazi Book-Burning…Eerie Parallels”

  1. BobW in NC

    TRUTH is never acceptable if it conflicts with someone’s dogmatically held POV. Such individuals (and governments) would rather make themselves their own god, in whom all authority is invested in absolute terms. They, and they alone, dictate “truth.”

    Horribly, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels clearly understood this principle when he stated, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    “…truth is the mortal enemy of the lie,” and “…truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    That science seeks truth in the natural world is not acceptable to AGW supporters. Rather, it must be subverted to their dictates.

    May we never see such horror again.

  2. thebiggreenlie

    Maybe all the “skeptics” should hold their own “book burning day”!
    Wouldn’t be that difficult to locate crap to burn……….. anything with Hansen’s, Gore’s, Suzuki’s, Friends of Earth, WWF, IPCC, Greenpeace and all the other “greenies” names on it will be “fair game”!

    1. DirkH

      That’s not a message I would want to send.

      We can ask ourselves why all the “intellectuals” are alarmist bedwetters. The reason is that capitalism does not need to be constructed, it just happens. So an intellectual wanting to change society and constructing a new society needs to attach himself to socialism, Keynesianism, Malthusianism or Warmist alarmism; some kind of invented crisis as the pretense for the necessary transformation of society.

      Why do we have so many wannabe intellectuals in the first place? Because we are productive enough to feed so many useless eaters.

      You can’t prevent the emergence of new wannabe intellectuals hell bent on transforming society even if you burned all the books they’ve written. You can only hope to keep them outside decision making by informing the public.

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