10 May 1933

Well I’m back from holiday, feeling refreshed and relaxed, so bring it on!  I missed you all last week, and your stories.  Internet connection was spasmodic to say the least.  I hope you all had a good week.

In answer to Rochelle’s photo prompt this week, two stories popped into my head. I’ve gone with the stronger of the two.  Thank you as always to our gracious hostess Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for her patience and unfailing encouragement.

Copyright - Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

10 May 1933

‘Come with us, it’ll be fun. We can get rid of all those books we hate.’

‘I don’t hate my books, how can you hate a book? Some are difficult to understand, but burning books, whatever are you thinking?’

‘If you don’t come, they’ll know.  All students are expected to be there, they’ll give us books if we don’t bring our own.  It’s time for a change; we are to be re-educated, the Propaganda Minister has said so, he will be there in person.’

Werner watched the burning with great sadness, fearing the world would never be the same again.


Historical Note: On the night of May 10 1933, an event unseen in Europe since the Middle Ages occurred as German students from universities once regarded as among the finest in the world, gathered in Berlin to burn books regarded as being ‘UnGerman’…  Visit The History Place to read more


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44 thoughts on “10 May 1933

  1. You nailed it, Dee. We know this from history but never actually heard people’s thoughts about it. Obviously, these were kids, since they didn’t know any better … or maybe they were adults who sanctioned it, too.
    Anyhow, I liked this a LOT. Great!


    • Thank you Kent.
      I wanted to try and show that not everyone was enthusiastic about burning the books, it must have been quite a terrifying time for all the people like Werner.


  2. Dear Dee, Such a sad period of history in our world. It could happen again at any time. All people have to do is ‘go along’ with it and that’s enough to ruin freedom. Unfortunately if you talk about it – the wrong ears might hear what you say too. Great story Dee – good research! Nan 🙂


  3. Dear Dee,

    Have you read or seen The Book Thief. This put me in mind of that. A chilling time in history that I fear may soon be repeated. Well written.

    Welcome back from the internet void. I was there myself last week and it wasn’t all bad. 😉

    Great story.




    • Dear Rochelle

      No, I’ve not read The Book Thief yet, it is on my list.

      It must have been a terrible time and chills me every time I read or see anything about it.

      It’s good to have internet access again, although we did have a lovely time without it !

      Take care



    • I know I couldn’t bring myself to do that, I’ve given them away to charity shops, friends and family, but couldn’t burn them.

      It was a world changing time, things have never been the same again.

      Thanks for reading Dawn,



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