Fires of Hate

Posted: November 28, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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May 10, 1933 – Joseph Goebbles’ Diary
Tonight the era of Jewish intellectualism was committed to flames
guaranteeing the brilliant youth of Germany will not be molded by books,
but through man’s character.
From the wreckage of subversive literature,
the phoenix of a new spirit will triumphantly rise.
Now our youth can face the pitiless glare and regain respect for death.

May 10, 1933 Erich Kästner’s Diary
Tonight I witnessed members of the National Socialist Agenda
burn ten copies of “Emil und die Detektive”.
I was pleased to find my books in good company – burning beside
missives written by Hellen Keller, Ernest Hemingway, and H.G. Wells.

(A bit of background: Erich Kästner  was a German satirist, poet and novelist whose military experiences made him a pacifist after World War I.  He was present when his book “Emil und Die Detektive” was burned at one of the Nazi book burnings.  In spite of pressure from the Nazis, Kästner refused membership in the Reich Chamber of Literature, controlled by Goebbels’s propaganda ministry. Unlike several other intellectuals and writers who suffered from Nazi policy, Kästner remained in Germany during Hitler’s rule.
I created Goebbles’ diary entry from a speech he gave to students in Berlin.)


  1. What a lovely dream that one day you would keep company with the masters, even as they burn. Very enjoyable!

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  2. Margaret says:

    I like your two contrasting diary entries. Strong ideas – gripping stuff.


  3. wildbilbo says:

    Wow – this was a great price. The second entry gave an excellent insight into the strength of character you’ve imbued Kastner with – a dry, unyielding wit.



  4. draliman says:

    I love the two different diary entries showing their opposing views.

    I’ve read that book and also Emil and the Three Twins (not sure how or why I came to read them, or in which language!) and I seem to recall I liked them, so he deserves his place with the masters, though it’s terrible that it had to be at a book burning.

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    • Yes. I actually hadn’t heard of him before. Was doing research on Nazi book burnings and found him listed among the names and thought he was a very brave soul. Thanks for ready. Alicia


  5. Between you and Rochelle, some dark and troubling images of a time that still feels frighteningly close.


  6. Great contrast and chilling piece. Thanks, Alicia!


  7. Sandra says:

    Very powerful piece, the contrast between the two reactions was both sharp, and yet at the same time left the reader with a sense of just satisfaction. Nicely done.


    • Wow! Thanks, Sandra. I just got back from a week of Thanksgiving celebrations in a couple of different cities so am behind on FF. Will be reading more submissions today. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.


  8. Dear Alicia,

    We’re most definitely joined at the hip on the path we took this week. Very well done.




  9. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Alicia,

    A very thought provoking story this week. Creative, imaginative and impactful. Yours is the kind of story that gets burned. Very well done.




    • Thank you, Doug – I think. : – ).

      I sent your website address to my sisters who both love astrology and geology, anthropology and archaeology (all the “ly” sciences) as much as I do. They, too, loved the video of your scientific lounge chair. Cheers!


  10. Anita says:

    Hope we all are spared from such fires of hate…


  11. Great idea for a format and I love the content.


  12. A very interesting contrast between the two diary entries. The first one don’t half get my heckles up. The second is much more agreeable. Well written


  13. wmqcolby says:

    As we say in basketball, “SLAM DUNK!” This was brilliant and ingenious, Alicia! Absolutely AWESOME. Five book markers!

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  14. rgayer55 says:

    A very well told story from two entirely different perspectives. I hope that when they burn my book it will be in the company of the works of Mark Twain, Dave Barry, and Patrick McManus.

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  15. Yes this was indeed a great contrast.. I read Emil and the detectives as a kid, and enjoyed it a lot..


  16. Sarah Ann says:

    A great way of telling the story and contrasting the views of the burned and the burner. I am chilled by the words ‘… regain respect for death.’ coming from Goebbels’ mouth, even if fictionalised.

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  17. The varying thoughts depicted here show how one’s believes take hold of one’s mind. Powerful, and very well penned. 🙂


  18. Alicia, What a scary time that was. We have to be watchful so it doesn’t happen again in the free countries. This thinking still exists in some parts of the world. Your research made the story come alive. Well written. — Susan


  19. Another sad bit of history. I loved how you wrote the story and how you ended it.


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