The purpose of this essay is to explore and bring a greater understanding of the events surrounding and connected to the Nazi book burnings of May 10th, 1933. Throughout this essay, I will explore several key events that are related to the aforementioned book burnings, such as the Great Depression, the Reichstag Fire and the evolution of the newspaper industry in the 19th and 20th centuries. I will also analyze the responses and impact that the book burnings had in several different countries, such as the United States, Great Britain and Australia. The purpose of doing so is to understand the complex and underlying factors that led to the book burnings, as well as how the responses to that event are critical to the evolution of the 1930s and the development of World War II. Overall, The Nazi book burnings as well as the underlying events and the responses thereof, are the primary topics that will be explored in this Independent Study.


Shaya, Gregory



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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