May 9, 1933: Helen Keller Writes to German Students

On May 9, 1933, Helen Keller wrote a letter to the students in Germany who planned on burning all books deemed “un-German,” including Keller’s own work, “How I Became a Socialist.”

In her letter, she wrote: “History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them. . . . Do not imagine that your barbarities to the Jews are unknown here. . .”

Helen Keller letter to Germany

Also, read more about Keller’s activism that is censored from children’s books in “Who Stole Helen Keller?” by Ruth Shagoury.

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  • Can anyone decipher the handwriting on the bottom?

    Response shared by Anonymous — May 9, 2015 @ 11:05 am

  • As best I can (partially) decipher the handwriting at the bottom: “I acknowledge the grievous [–] that have led to your intolerance. All the more do I deplore the injustice & unwisdom of passing on to unborn generations the stigma of [–] [–].”

    Response shared by CynBH — May 9, 2016 @ 11:22 am

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