Helen Keller on Nazi Book Burnings

Slate Magazine’s Rebecca Onion reports on Helen Keller’s letter to German students after learning of their plans to burn books including her own, How I Became a Socialist. Highlights of the letter include,

History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them.You can burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas in them have seeped through a million channels and will continue to quicken other minds……

Do not imagine that your barbarities to the Jews are unknown here. God sleepeth not, and He will visit His judgment upon you. Better were it for you to have a mill-stone hung around your neck and sink into the sea than to be hated and despised of all men.

Check out the Slate posting for more background and a facsimile copy.

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