24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

Book Burnings in 1933

What do book bans, persecution, and censorship mean for us today? Book burnings have been a brutal display of socio-political power ever since books have existed. The censorship and banning of literature in National Socialist Germany took the form of propagandistically staged book burnings. Such measures are currently used in many parts of the world a means of suppression and discrimination against attitudes that question the ruling system. Thomas Weber, Uwe Wittstock, and other guests discuss the continuing relevance of this dark topic.

To kick off the event, Ulrich Kämmerlings will read an excerpt from the introduction of Walther Rathenau’s »Von kommenden Dingen« (1918) as part of the SPECIAL »1933–2023«.

Hosted by Shelly Kupferberg.