things you find while looking for other things – the ALA ‘s pages on the history of censorship extends well into the 21st century. Seriously folks, when are we gonna grown up and get beyond this childishness? This rampant hostility towards ideas and unchecked religious zealotry frightens me right down to my library card.
• Wikipedia the end all and be all for inveterate listmakers has a list of Books banned during the Third Reich era.
blog of note • Book Patrol has a nifty post about a German memento mori to burned books.
“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” (German: “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”)—Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821)
“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book, as long as any document does not offend our own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship. How will we defeat communism unless we know what it is, what it teaches, and why does it have such an appeal for men, why are so many people swearing allegiance to it? It’s almost a religion, albeit one of the nether regions. And we have got to fight it with something better, not try to conceal the thinking of our own people. They are part of America. And even if they think ideas that are contrary to ours, their right to say them, their right to record them, and their right to have them at places where they’re accessible to others is unquestioned, or it’s not America.” — Dwight David Eisenhower From the remarks of the President of the United States at the Dartmouth College Commencement, June 14, 1953.