The Call Number, Volume 4, Number 4, January 1943 Page: 13
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A FREE MAN'S BOOKS
"In the Nazi bonfire of May 10, 1933, twenty-five thousand beeks were
burned. The Nazis perpetrated their spiteful act because they knew,
ignorant and disappointed and defeated as they were, that books are weapons
and that a free man's books - such books as free men with a free Man's pride
can write - are weapons of such edge and weight and power that those who
would destroy the world of'freedem must first destroy the books that freedom
"Do we, for all our talk of books and all our labor with books and
all our knowledge of hooks - do wVe truly and actually, in
our lives as well as in our wTords, ascribe as great an,- influence to the
books we write and publish and sell and catalogue and teach, as thos= who
fear the free men's books enough to burn them?
"If the coarse and brutal high school boys who made the Nazi bonfire
could understand the power of a free man's books well enough to ')urn
them, e in this country can understand the power of these books -:ell
enough to bonor them and treat them as the things they are - the strongest
and the most enduring weapons in our fight to make 'the world a world in which
the free can live in freedom."
- Archi ald MacLeish
"We all know that books burn - et we have the greater knowledge that
books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No
man and no force can abolish memory. -o an a d no force can put thought
in a concentration camp forever. ,o a-n and no force can take from the
world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny of every
kind. In this war, v-e know, ooks are weaponss. And it is a part of your
dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom."
- Frarnklin D. Roosevelt
Voli. 4 .. January 1943 No. 4
J.T.S.T.C. Litgary Service Department Denton, Texas
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