August 2, 2011
CENSORSHIP, INFORMING: AMERICANS ARE NOT IMMUNE
Ursula Hegi, Stones From the River: A Novel (New York & London: Poseidon Press, 1994) ("That spring of 1933 more than two hundred authors were pronounced decadent, traitorous, Marxist, or corrupt. All over Germany, people were ordered, 'Reinigt Eure Buchereien'--'Clean your libraries'--and incited to hunt down books by banned authors like Bertolt Brecht, Sigmund Freud, Irmgard Keun, Stefan Zweig, Franz Werfel, Lion Feuchtwanger, Heinrich Mann, and every writer on the blacklist. As bookstores, libraries, and private homes were raided, you risked arrest if you didn't relinquish those books. In school, children were encouraged to turn their parents in for owning forbidden literature." Id. at 164.).