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M. S.
June 1953
New Republic;6/29/53, Vol. 128 Issue 26, p2
The caption on the photograph reprinted on the cover reads: Un-German Books Burned At The Stake: It continues, "As the flames roared higher and higher cheers arose from the crowds gathered in Opera Square in Berlin." The writers of the condemned books included some of Germany's best-known names as well as others such as Helen Keller, Jack London and Franz Boas. The picture serves, of course, not as a mirror of the US but as a warning. The words book burning, which are the President's, may be melodramatic. But some dramatization is due, and, 11 books, were burned.


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