The popular view is that the National Socialists in Germany were anti-intellectual, anti-science and anti-literature, based on the notorious book burnings in 1933. The popular view is wrong because it’s based on fake news.
First, some context, as described in part two of this series, Jews around the world declared economic war on Germany in March of 1933. This, naturally, led to a reaction in Germany against Jews, Jewish thought and Jewish intellectuals.
Among those targeted was Magnus Hirschfeld, a Jew, a homosexual and an early promoter of deviant sexuality. Wikipedia says this about him:
An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized this group as having carried out “the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights.” “Hirschfeld’s radical ideas changed the way Germans thought about sexuality.”
Well, that was the problem because the nuclear family was the key building block of the Volk for the National Socialists and they strongly opposed alternative lifestyles.They felt they had to cleanse theselves, and Germany, of deviant thought and philosophy.
The first action, based on Martin Luther’s burning of a Papal bull, was announced on April 8, 1933 by the press office of the German Student Union. The Union proclaimed a nationwide “Action against the Un-German Spirit”, which was to climax in a literary purge or “cleansing” (“Säuberung”) by fire. The first book burning took place on May 10.
Included in the lengthy list of targeted books, and topics, were books on Marxism, Communism and Bolshevism; books that were pornographic, and “writings on sexuality and sexual education which serve the egocentric pleasure of the individual and thus, completely destroy the principles of race and Volk.”
Because the students considered Jews to be behind the lax morals of the Weimar Republic, and because they wanted teachers to improve their own morals, all Jewish authors were caught up in the same sweep. Inevitably, some non-Jewish authors were named, as well as Jews who were not in the least political.
Into the fire they went.
My point is that this all started with students, not the government, it was directed at Jews not all intellectuals and was aimed at decadent and immoral lifestyles. The students were trying to clean up the country, to purify it; a noble ambition you would think.
At the time, homosexuality, transgenderism, prostitution, drug taking and miscegenation were illegal in the Western world generally, while the nuclear family, patriotism and the white race were promoted . . . just what the students were trying to do in Germany.
It’s funny how this essentially uplifting story of purification and renewal has been turned upside down into the intellectual thought crime it is today. One wonders who, what group, could have manipulated the event so artfully.