Authors whose books were burned in 1933
Over a hundred years earlier, the German-Jewish poet, Heinrich Heine, had stated, "Where books are burned, human beings are destined to be burned too."
Švejk's Spirit Lives On
A sketch performed by the inimitable duo Jiří "George" Voskovec and Jan Werich at the antifascist rally titled We Fight Back, held at Hunter College on April 3, 1943. The rally was organized to commemorate the anniversary of the infamous Nazi book-burning at which "The Good Soldier Švejk" was among the books being burnt. For Bertolt Brecht who attended the rally, having seen the performance of Švejk's Spirit Lives On meant that the "...[g]athering momentum toward something definite finally crystallized ..." and "[b]y mid-May Brecht had completed a story outline for Schweyk im zweiten Weltkrieg (Schweyk in the Second World War), and Weill had written some of the songs."