<p>At Berlin's Opernplatz, crowds of German students and members of the SA gather for the <a href="/narrative/7631/en">burning of books</a> deemed "un-German." Berlin, Germany, May 10, 1933.</p>


book burning

Beginning on May 10, 1933, Nazi-dominated student groups carried out public burnings of books they claimed were “un-German.” The book burnings took place in 34 university towns and cities. Works of prominent Jewish, liberal, and leftist writers ended up in the bonfires. The book burnings stood as a powerful symbol of Nazi intolerance and censorship.