Ninety years ago this month, university students in Nazi clubs led an enthusiastic crowd in the burning of more than 25,000 “un-German” books in a Berlin public square. These planned, torchlit purges occurred in 34 university towns across Germany.
In the aftermath of the book burnings, the Nazi regime raided bookstores, libraries, and publishers’ warehouses to confiscate materials it deemed dangerous. The censorship was an early step toward transforming the country from a democracy to a dictatorship.
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