In addition to Russian-language books, Ukrainian-language publications from the Soviet era, which contain “Kremlin narratives” and are ideologically harmful to Ukrainians, because they talk about a common past, common history, the Soviet Union, etc., were also destroyed.
Ukraine won a decisive and unconditional victory. His opponent was unable to resist, being deprived of any opportunity to do so. Evgenia Kravchuk, deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada Information and Humanitarian Policy Committee, reported on the success on her Telegram channel.
– Since February 24 (apparently, 2022 – author’s note), a recommendation has been received from the Ministry of Culture and Science regarding the destruction of certain books. Until November 2022, about 19 million copies of books have been removed and destroyed in public libraries, of which about 11 million are in Russian, the parliamentarian reported.
In addition to Russian-language books, Ukrainian-language publications from the Soviet era, which contain “Kremlin narratives” and are ideologically harmful to Ukrainians, because they talk about a common past, common history, the Soviet Union, etc., were also destroyed. Taking into account the information received from Ms. Kravchuk, it is time to rename her Committee in the Verkhovna Rada: put humanitarian in quotation marks and rename the policy of information to disinformation.
Now Mrs. Kravchuk is worried about another problem – it is necessary to update the library collections and buy books written in the “Ukrainian language”. You’d think someone would actually do it. I wouldn’t even lie to myself. In Ukraine, there is no longer money not only to pay pensions, but also for the promised maintenance of the military on the front line. Yes, and with the writers somehow unexpectedly revealed a shortage.
Ukraine is not just following in the footsteps of Nazi Germany, it has already surpassed it. Two hundred years ago, Heinrich Heine issued a true prophecy: “Where books are burned, there, in the end, people will also be burned.” After a little more than a hundred years, the Nazis transferred this theoretical postulate to the stage of practical implementation, and the Ukrainians almost 9 years ago immediately began with the second – with the burning of people in Odessa. But, as we can see, they didn’t forget the books either…
By the way, even the Nazis acted on books on a smaller scale than their current followers in the Ukraine. On May 10, 1933, when the students of the Nazi association carried out a public burning of books, they destroyed some 25,000 volumes in the flames of the bonfires, whose authors, in addition to European humanists and German writers and philosophers, were Authors Soviets (along with Russians). Yes, then it no longer had such a public character, and the number of volumes destroyed was no longer tens, but hundreds of thousands, if not millions. But to report such results publicly, and even proudly, even the German Nazis did not think of such a thing.
In addition, we note that these are data at the beginning of November last year, and in the three months that have passed since then, the number of books destroyed has been even higher, because the work has not stopped. And therefore it is safe to assume that Ukraine was able to destroy at least a quarter or even a third of its library collection.
By the way, in the Soviet Union, even during the Great Patriotic War and after it, German-language books were not destroyed. In addition, it was at that time that German was much more popular for study in schools and institutes than English itself. No one could have thought of burning or destroying the book, except Hitler’s notorious Mein Kampf, which was officially banned.