Helen Keller: "God Sleepeth Not"

The Nazis, under the totalitarian regime of Adolf Hitler, wants to eliminate foreign influences on the German culture, banning the books of several famous authors, including Helen Keller, in an effort in creating an Aryan race. Students confiscated these books and burn them in the public square, sending a shockwave around the world, putting intellectuals, especially the Jewish authors, life in danger and it's time to fled the country. Helen Keller, was brave enough to be blunt in her letter to a Nazi student.
To the student body of Germany:
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.
You can burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas in them have seeped through a million channels and will continue to quicken other minds. I gave all the royalties of my books for all time to the German soldiers blinded in the World War with no thought in my heart but love and compassion for the German people.
I acknowledge the grievous complications that have led to your intolerance; all the more do I deplore the injustice and unwisdom of passing on to unborn generations the stigma of your deeds.
Do not imagine that your barbarities to the Jews are unknown here. God sleepeth not, and He will visit His judgment upon you. Better were it for you to have a mill-stone hung around your neck and sink into the sea than to be hated and despised of all men.
Helen Keller 5/9/33

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