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NEU ERÖFFNET: MAX PECHSTEIN-MUSEUM IN ZWICKAU

In den Kunstsammlungen seiner Heimatstadt findet das Lebenswerk des gebürtigen Zwickauers Max Pechstein nun einen eigenen Ausstellungsort. Seit dem 12. April 2014 werden knapp 50 Werke aus Pechsteins gesamter Schaffenszeit...

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“ Where books are burnt, human beings as well will be burnt in the end”
Heinrich Heine
The Nazi burning of books took place between the 1st of April (Wuppertal) and the 9th of October (Rendsburg). The works of pacifists, communists, socialists, Jewish authors, - books which were classified by the Nazis as “subversive” because of their socially critical content or the modernist literary style of their authors – were publicly burnt. Books by famous writers such as Bertolt BrechtAlfred DöblinSigmund FreudErich KästnerHeinrich MannErich-Maria RemarqueKurt TucholskyStefan Zweig and Heinrich Heine were on the blacklist.

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May 1933 Burning of books in German cities

The public burning of books, which took place mainly in May 1933, were designed as a complete purge of German public libraries. This extreme act of censorship did indeed deprive the Germans of a considerable part of their literature and intellectual life – at least for the duration of the Nazi dictatorship. After the end of the Nazi dictatorship many of the witers, poets and journalists as well as the painters, musicians, academics and other intellectuals, whose careers had been destroyed, lives irretrievably ruined, were quite simply forgotten. The Nazi book burnings were followed by futher even more swingeing repression…