Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Vanity of the Bonfires

Times journalist Richard Morrison examines some of the books consigned to the flames by the Nazis after their rise to power, and discusses the personal and political rivalries behind the selection of the books that were burnt :

"Astonishingly, there was virtually no opposition either from booksellers or university professors. Far from defending free expression, many academics seemed as enthusiastic about the book burning as their students. Cologne University announced that 'the Senate and Rector have decided to attend the occasion. Dress: dark suit'."

Read the full article here: