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Monday, August 07, 2006

Fahrenheit 451 anyone?

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
-Heinrich Heine, German Poet, 1797-1856

Berlin, Germany
May 1933

While looking for another library quote, I came across this one. The interesting thing is that the author of this quote, Heine, had a Jewish background. He was such a famous poet that the Nazis insisted that the poet's songs and poems be marked as "author unknown" instead of getting rid of them. Eighty-five years after his death some of Heine's countrymen were burning books, then later cremating the bodies of victims of concentration camps.

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