BOOK BURNING AND ALLIED BOOK DESTRUCTION AND “RE-EDUCATION” COMPARED
For all the readily available information about the infamous ‘Nazi Book Burnings’, next to nothing is mentioned of a far greater book burning: that which transpired during the Allied ‘Re-Education’ program of Germans after their defeat in World War Two.
The so-called Book-Burning Policy of Germany
We have all heard about the so-called brainwashing German’s evil ‘Book Burning’, but there was never any official National Socialist policy to undertake such action. In fact, Hitler did not learn of the May 1933 fire until after the first blaze, started by students, had ignited.
The German Student Union did call for German university students to purge literature of Marxist influence and to RESTORE aspects of German culture to their previous volkische traditions.
The Theses included such detail as;
“Language and literature have their roots in the Folk. It is the German Folk’s responsibility to assure that its language and literature are the pure and unadulterated expression of its Folk traditions.
At present there is a chasm between literature and German tradition. This situation is a disgrace.
Purity of language and literature is your responsibility. Your Folk has entrusted you with the duty of faithfully preserving your language.
We want to eradicate lies, we want to denounce treason, we want institutions of discipline and political education for US THE STUDENTS, not MINDLESSNESS.
We demand of the German students the desire and capability for independent knowledge and decisions.
We demand of German students the desire and capability to overcome Jewish intellectualism and the resulting ‘liberal decay’ in the German spirit.”
With todays liberal societal mindset (which has resulted from the same Marxist incrementalism), this may appear abhorrent and ‘Racist’ but to understand the reasoning of such a call, one must understand what had evolved within the years from the Treaty of Versailles 1919, to 1933.
From the 1919 ‘Back-stabbing’ of Germany by Jewry – the annexation of German land, people and industry to surrounding states, the impossible WWI Reparations imposed on the German people and the purposeful Hyperinflation… plunged Germany and her Volksdeutsche into incomprehensible poverty, suffering, starvation, death, immorality and desparation… all while a special few lived it up at their expense, in their homes and property, taking positions of power and influence, taking over all business, finance and industry, with which they promoted promiscuity, pornography, bestiality, homosexuality, pedophillia, drugs and the sex trade, all through Jewish owned medical clinics, clubs, theatres and publications.
After years of deprivation, suffering and starvation, much of the German Volksdeutsche had succumbed to the Marxist demoralisation, through an environment of pure debauchery and the desperation of the ‘have-nots.’ Germany and in particular Berlin, had become the cesspit capital of Europe.
That all changed in 1933, when German property, business, finance, production, position, industry and publications were PUT BACK into ethnic Germans hands… for their own benefit.
Allied deletion of German History, Culture and Traditional Spirit
It is estimated that 11,075,000 [*] volumes and patents, which is over a third of all German books, had already been destroyed by the Allied barbarous aerial bombing in West Germany alone; and this does not include those in the areas taken from Germany after the war. Added to the millions of German books destroyed worldwide during the anti-German hysteria of WWI, far more German books were destroyed in the twentieth century than likely exist today.
[*] (Source: UNESCO, General Information Programme and UNISIST, ‘Lost Memory – Libraries and Archives Destroyed in the Twentieth Century’)
Until the advent of the printing press, books were hand-scribed and existed in only one or a few copies. Burning them ensured that no one would ever read them… needless to say, thought control was simple pre-printing days.
However, citing rhetoric such as ‘Preventing corruption of the young’ (ironically a concept often cited in the German censorship laws today), the likes of Henry VIII required printers to submit all manuscripts to the Church for approval and imported publications were outlawed in 1529. French king Francis I prohibited printing in 1535 and in 1559, the Catholic Church issued the Librorum Prohibitorum to guide censors as to which publications to allow. Their approved index listed only 5,000 titles which existed until 1966.
Germany however, still had much of the hand-scribed books from its historical culture, but through the atrocious terror bombing of civilian cities by allied forces, they are lost forever;
But it didn’t stop there…
We might think those days were long behind a progressive society, but not under certain circumstances, and ‘Re-education’ of Germans was one such circumstance.
The Allied consensus upon victory was the doctrine of collective guilt: all Germans, young or old, shared the blame for the war. The idea was entrenched enough that it caused no surprise when U.S. President, Harry S. Truman, refused to alleviate the famine of the German population in December, 1945, stating;
“Though all Germans might not be guilty for the war, it would be too difficult to try to single out for better treatment those who had nothing to do with the Nazi regime and its crimes.” Apparently this applied even to babies and young children.
All German literature found in both the Soviet and Western Occupation Zones was subjected to censorship. In the U.S. zone, it was regulated by occupation directive JCS 1067 (The Morgenthau Plan) until July 1947, and in May 1946, the order was valid for all zones.
Allied Control Authority Order No. 4 stated:
“Confiscation of Literature and Material of a Nazi and Militarist Nature” dictated that all confiscated literature was reduced to pulp instead of burning to avoid accusations of ‘Book-Burning!’ Unfortunately, those in charge of disposal often didn’t know Michael Angelo from Mickey Mouse, and thousands of innocuous, even rare books were Pulped.
A list of 35,000 books were banned as well as all textbooks published from 1933 to 1945. All publications and materials were ordered by the Allied ‘Re-Education’ teams to be “Released to the Commanders of each Zone to be destroyed.”
They were removed from all libraries, schools, universities, research institutes, academies, technical or academic societies, book-stores, publishing houses and even from private homes… then destroyed.
This massive, haphazard vandalism was carried out by unqualified people from 1946 to 1952, and many books were lost forever due to careless storage and handling, all under the battle cry of making the world a safer place.
This was the greatest campaign of book destruction of all time and ended up being applied not only to the offending books, but to poetry, philosophy, musical verse, calendars, horse books, books about trade and agriculture, driving manuals, books about flowers, home building, barns, astronomy, plumbing, poets, tennis and books about gardening. Hundreds of years of German history and culture were lost due to this arrogant abuse of authority, brazen incompetence and total ignorance.
Books about birds made the list, as well as books by Friedrich the Great, Bismarck and antique European military history books. Popular children’s books, including rare editions of the Brothers Grimm, were pulped on the grounds that they “Provoked violence.” Everything about the Olympic Games of 1936 was banned. Books by the ancient poets were pulped. Even books once banned (not burned) by the National Socialists were destroyed!? Sloppy handling caused the loss of the entire musical works of Richard Strauss and several Gutenberg bibles were fried in this orgy of stupidity.
Of Morgenthau’s Plan for ‘Re-Education’ titled, “Education and Propaganda” stated;
(a) All schools and universities will be closed until an Allied Commission of Education has formulated an effective reorganization program. It is contemplated that it may require a considerable period of time before any institutions of higher education are reopened.
Meanwhile the education of German students in foreign universities will not be prohibited.
Elementary schools will be reopened as quickly as appropriate teachers and textbooks are available.
(b) All German radio stations and newspapers, magazines, weeklies, etc. shall be discontinued until adequate controls are established and an appropriate program formulated.”
Beginning with ‘Re-Education’ at the end of the War, Germany has continued the strict censorship imposed by the Soviet and the Allied occupiers. Even today, using the ‘Special history’ excuse, ‘Nationalistic’ books, songs and symbols are illegal even in private in Austria and Germany and, Occupational Germany has been aggressive in trying to expand its own strict laws beyond its borders.
Almost all prosecutions of censorship violations have taken place in connection with what they term holocaust ‘Revisionism’ or ‘Denial.’ Merely questioning an aspect, re-analyzing data, expressing a maverick theory or trying to revise a statistic pertaining to this subject is lumped under ‘Holocaust Denial’ and ‘Hate Speech’ which is illegal not only in Germany and Austria, but in most of Europe.
“To have failed to write about a particular historical event in a balanced manner” (Hypocrisy?) is a crime that can send an amateur historian to jail and he will often serve a longer sentence than a child molester or serial rapist.
Thousands of people have been convicted of violating European ‘Denial’ laws and they are currently languishing in European dungeons. Cases prosecuted under these laws go unchallenged even when the convicted parties were pacifists and never proposed violence, but were simply expressing their opinion. In the cases of scientists, artists, singers or writers convicted of this offence, their homes and businesses are raided and their work is destroyed by the state. Worse, the definition of ‘Denial’ is being broadened and is defined today as ‘Hard-Core” and ‘Soft-Core’ Denial, the latter including discussion of the Allied War-Crimes of the Terror-Bombing Campaign against Germany, as well as the Expulsions of ethnic German civilians after the war. Even liberal writers extremely critical of the Third Reich have been tarnished as ‘Soft-Core Deniers’ when they came out with books discussing the heavy toll of Allied bombing upon the German civilian population during the war.
But let’s remember how those evil German’s banned societal rotting books, which is purportedly an ideology the Allied ‘Liberators’ have saved humanity from ever having inflicted upon them again.
Further reading from Revisionist – Here
In 1948, children – overseen by priests, teachers, and parents – publicly burned several hundred comic books in both Spencer, West Virginia, and Binghamton, New York. Once these stories were picked up by the national press wire services, similar events followed in many other cities.
Beginning in 1948, Fredric Wertham wrote and spoke widely, arguing about the detrimental effects that comics reading had on young people. Consequently, his book ‘Seduction of the Innocent’ serves as a culminating expression of his sentiments about comic books.