Heinrich Heme on Burning Books Connecting the Holocaust to Book Burning By Austin Cime. About.com Guide Two of the actions which Nazi Germany is most infamous for are probably the burning of books and the burning of people. Are the two connected? Curiously, the idea that the former would lead to the latter was famously predicted more than 100 years before the Nazi takeover of Germany by German author Heinrich Heme. Wha did he understand that others do not? What is the connection between burning books and burning people? “Thai was mere foreplay. Where they have burned hooks, they will end in burning human beings.” (German: “Das war Vorspiel nur. Dort, woman BUcher verbrennL verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”) - Heinrich Heme. Almansor (1821) The first point to consider is why people would burn books at all. The Nazis didn’t burn just any books. they burned the books of Jews. communists, socialists, and other “degenerates.” They didn’t simply burn books which they found disagreeable. but the books which advocated ideas which they believed would undermine the health, safety. and welfare of the German nation. People don’t burn books simply because they disagree with the message of the hooks, they burn book because the message of the hooks is a threat — a serious threat, in fact, not something remote and theoretical. No one goes around burning the hooks of fringe groups which don’t pose a realistic threat. Burning books, however, doesn’t eliminate whatever threat they might lxse. Books are merely the means by which a message is communicated; eliminating them may slow the growth of the message, hut it certainly can’t eliminate the message itself. To be fair, it’s unlikely that a message could ever really be eliminated, but people who burn books probably won’t believe that. If they truly want to eliminate a message which they perceive to be a serious threat, they will have to go to the source of that message — the people responsible for the books. Shutting down publishing houses is one step to take, but shutting down the authors themselves will be necessary at some point. Is it enough to simply lock these authors up and prevent them from talking lo others? That’s expensive and it isn’t permanent — after all, they didn’t take the books and shut them up in a warehouse. Permanent elimination of the message requires permanently eliminating the authors of the message. If books can be burned to destroy them, why not burn people to destroy them as well? This eliminates the message and all trace of the messenger as well. Burning books and burning people are connected because both sem from a desire to eliminate ideas that are a threat to the some group or ideology which is in power. Heinrich Heme recognized that such a connection could exist and perceived that once people could be persuaded to burn books, then at least some of them could be persuaded lo take the further step of burning those responsible for the creation of those books. Perhaps they could even burn all those connected in any way with the degenerate ideas in these hooks which, ii allowed to propagate. might threaten the nation itself. Most people probably don’t think about or see these connections, but they must recognize that something sinister is going on when books are burned. Perhaps it’s simply that such an action reminds people of Nazi Germany, hut many appear to he repulsed by reports of books, music, or other media being ceremoniously burned by self-righteous groups. Maybe if the connection between burning books and burning people were made more explicit, the general social condemnation would be louder, making it more difficult for people to choose to burn books in the first place. Using proper grammar and essay form, write a 250 word+ reflection of your thoughts about the article. Use direct quotations to support your responses, and claim, data, warrant paragraphs (state, support, explain) paragraphs. Here are some questions to help you out: • What is the author’s purpose of this article?
I know I'm supposed to do my own home work, and I'm sorry it's so long. But I really can't finish it by tomorrow, and I haven't been procrastinating. I've been doing hw all day since I got home. Thanks so much!
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its history im guessing or english class cuse its talking about the holocast
It's History and English combined for this project. Thanks so much for taking your time to read this. :)
And you just have to give thoughts about the article. It says exactly what to do at the bottom.
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The authors purpose of this article is that the Holocaust and the burning of books are to things that go back and back . The burning of books were from Jews and the Holocaust was also based on Jews except they were getting burned in cold blood. The famous German Heinrich Lead both the burning of the Jewish people and books. books which they found disagreeable. They burned the books which advocated ideas which they believed would undermine the health, safety. and welfare of the German nation. They burned the books because the message of the hooks is a threat.
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@Kara_West I know how it feels when you feel a deadline on your shoulders (and time is not your friend), and you can't seem to get all the work done...but taking another person's work and words and claiming it as your own is still plagiarism, despite the other person sincerely wanting to help...Next time, please do your own work. The consequences that I have seen others get from plagiarizing is \(not\) pretty and is completely avoidable. We can help proofread your work and help with grammatical errors, but not actually \(do\) all your work, sadly. Please keep this in mind next time. Thanks.