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Harmful and Undesirable: Book Censorship in Nazi Germany

By Guenter Lewy.

Like every totalitarian regime, Nazi Germany tried to control intellectual freedom through book censorship.
Between 1933 and 1945, the Hitler regime orchestrated a massive campaign to take control of all forms of communication. In 1933 alone, there were 90 book burnings across 70 German cities, declared by a Ministry of Propaganda official to be Harmful and Undesirable paints a fascinating portrait of intellectual life under Nazi dictatorship, detailing the dismal fate of those who were caught in the wheels of censorship.

Guenter Lewy is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts. His books include Nazi Germany and The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies and Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust Killers. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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