Why did the Nazis burn books?

Answer

On an evening in 1933, more than 70,000 people gathered in Berlin to burn more than 20,000 books and works of literature because the pieces were thought to contain ideas that were in conflict with the current German ideas and ideologies, mainly those surrounding racism and white supremacy. Works from several famous German authors, including Erich Maria and Heinrich Mann, were burned in the fire.

This instance of book burning was not isolated. Over the course of the Nazi regime, book burnings, which were often led by university students, took place all over the country, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. While book burnings were thought to free the minds of the people by ridding the universities and colleges of works that went against Nazi philosophies, the burnings were not led by the Nazi party. Instead, an independent student organization called The German Student Union was responsible for much of the destruction.

Because book burning had not taken place in the region since the Middle Ages, the events were unforeseen. And although the destruction was supposed to rid Germans of an era of "extreme Jewish intellectualism," according to Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, it served only to boost enthusiasm and support for the Nazi party. Many great works were lost to fire during the burnings.

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Becuase they wanted to wipe out education and truth in thier plan to start a superior race. They didn't want the new race to be influenced by cultures, literature, history, science,
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Yes, unfortunately they did just about anything you can think of to kill a Jew. Jews were like rats to them, they were non-human to Nazis and if the Nazis wanted to test something
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