Whose books did Hitler burn?

Here you see Nazis confiscating the library of the Institute for Sexual Research:

Nazis confiscating the library of the Institute for Sexual Research

They appear to be trampling on the books while looking for the ones with the good pictures.

Far from being inspired by evolutionary theory, in fact, Hitler burned Charles Darwin’s books:

Books to be burned, in German:

6. Schriften weltanschaulichen und lebenskundlichen Charakters, deren Inhalt die falsche naturwissenschaftliche Aufklärung eines primitiven Darwinismus und Monismus ist (Häckel). (Guidelines from Die Bücherei 2:6 (1935), p. 279)

In English:

6. Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism and Monism (Häckel).

As noted before, Hitler believed in the creationist theory of “kinds”:

“Whence do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us, that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump, as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today.” (Hitler’s Table Talk)

Expelled the movie seeks to blame the Holocaust on Hitler’s version of the Origin of the Species. If that’s what caused it, you have to blame the Bible and Creationism!

5 Responses to “Whose books did Hitler burn?”

  1. S E E Quine Says:

    ` I saw this poster at Everett Community College advertising a history class. It had a picture of The Origin of Species with the words ‘how does this…’ And a picture of Hitler and the Nazis with the caption ‘…lead to this?’
    ` I was very upset, to say the least. I wonder if there’s anything I can do about it?
    ` Also, I thought that Hitler believed that different groups of people were created separately, and he was doing ‘God’s will’ to get rid of the ones that weren’t his.

  2. dogscratcher Says:

    Great find: still a complex issue, but more evidence that Hitler was pandering to the base at every turn.

  3. monado Says:

    Well, now you have the chance to point out that it doesn’t!

  4. Maru Says:

    Yeah I don’t really see how Hitler could have actually been an actual Christian, seeing as he both was killing God’s original people, and ignoring not a fair few scriptures saying that post-Jesus, God is partial to no nation, which included Aryan. (And he was only the ‘God of the Jews’ on account of a promise to Abraham. It wasn’t a race thing. :D)
    But yeah, like dogscratcher says, it seems pretty intuitive that he was just a consummate politician who knew how to sell a vision.
    Not that I would blame evolution for it either in any case. Men are responsible for their own evil.
    If he truly thought he was Christian, he was the most retarded f**ked up un-Christian Christian ever, and there’s probably a few contestants for that.

  5. Mikesstuff Says:

    If you read Mein Kamph, Hitler believes in Darwinism and Christianity. He specifically said he liked Islam for its strength, but Christianity was good for promoting family values to raise moral children.

    Maybe by primitive Darwinism the law meant books non modern Darwinistic books. Or maybe this blog is innacurate.

    If you read his book it is full of evolutionary reasoning.

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