Ludwig, Remarque Drank Wine As Radio Brought Sounds of May 10 Bonfire

Emil Ludwig, famous German author, who stopped over in Chicago to visit the Century of Progress, described what happened the night his books were burned in the Berlin bonfire by the Nazis.

“The night the books were burned,” said Mr. Ludwig, “I invited Erich Remarque, who is my neighbor in Locarno, Switzerland, to my house. We turned on the radio, from which came a broadcast of the howling mobs, even the noise of the crackling flames. From my cellar I brought up my best wine and he and I drank to the future. To us and to some of the other writers it does not mean that we have no readers for I, for instance, have readers in 32 countries, even readers of German in 29 countries.”

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