More than 3,000 books from a municipal library in the German town of Bad Durrheim were destroyed after they were judged to be politically incorrect.
According to Roland Tichy, chairman of the Ludwig-Erhard-Foundation and the former editor of the business news magazine Wirtschaftswoche, the purge focused on author Erich Kästner and others who used “incorrect” words such as “Negro” and “Gypsy.”
Kästner is the author of a number of popular books, including “The Flying Classroom,” “Pünktchen und Anton,” and ”Lottie and Lisa.”
He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1960 for his autobiography “Als ich ein kleiner Junge war.” He was also elected President of the PEN Center of West Germany.
According to Tichy Kästner’s “books have landed on the funeral pyre of the infamous book burnings of the Nazis, who plundered the intellectual writings Germany to prevent any form of one’s own thinking.”
He notes that after the defeat of the Nazis, “the Young Pioneers of 18th elementary school in Berlin-Pankow (Buchholz) on the evening of the International Children’s Day 1955” burned a number of books considered unacceptable.
Tichy writes he is not certain if the books in question were burned or shredded.
The Nazi Roots of Political Correctness
According to Christopher Monckton, modern political correctness began in Nazi Germany.
“The first thing they did was to go round saying there was only one acceptable point of view. That was where Political Correctness really first was invented, as you were not allowed to have a point of view other than that of the Nazi Party,” Monckton told James Delingpole in 2014.
Monckton said a process similar to Nazi intimidation is currently underway in Europe and Britain.
Now that is happening in our legislature to quite a large degree now. People want to get re-elected, and they know that if they come out too openly against the usual suspects, then the Greens will target them – perhaps even at national level – and make it impossible for them to be re-elected… If you broadcast, they’ll try to take your advertising revenue away… This constant attack against the individual doesn’t so much hurt the individual, what it does do is frighten off anybody else from doing the same, and this comes over and over again in the pre-war papers of what was going on in Nazi Germany.