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Critics slam 'recycling' of notorious Sarrazin book

The Local · 14 Jan 2012, 11:04

Published: 14 Jan 2012 11:04 GMT+01:00

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Martin Zet has not described exactly how he'll recycle copies of the book, which he views as xenophobic. But with the aid of the public, he wants to come up with a new purpose for the recycled tomes at at the Berlin Biennale art exhibition that runs between the end of April and July.

The book, which was published in 2010 and contends that Muslims are largely incompatible with German society, has sold 1.3 million copies and sparked a wide ranging debate about immigration.

Zet's plans have been slammed as being insensitive in light of German history. Historian Werner Treß, who has researched the Nazi regime’s burning of books, told the DPA news agency that every book, regardless of its content, was a cultural good and should not be publicly destroyed. “That means that I have to protect a book whose content I deeply reject.”

Almost immediately after taking power in 1933, the Nazis began ceremonially burning books that did not correspond to their fascist ideology, including titles by Jewish and Communist authors.

And Professor Julius H. Schoeps, director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam, said on Friday: “This is not an act of art, rather one of embarrassment, which should be prevented.”

Zet has said that he intends to set up various collection points for Sarrazin’s book and will show copies of them in an installation before the recycling.

Berlin’s House of World Cultures, which had been one of the supporters of the art action, has now called for a “conceptual clarification,” saying that the fact that a link had been made with the Nazi book burnings had lead to polarization.

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However, the Berlin KW Institute, which is organizing the Biennale, said that the art project was not aimed at the destruction of books, but rather their “transformation” as an act of resistance to their polarizing content.

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Your comments about this article

01:26 January 15, 2012 by boopsie
Isn't it amusing the knots the liberal multi-culti lobby in Germany will tie itself into ensuring that the censorship it advocates is viewed as politically correct?
12:44 January 15, 2012 by Dave N
Let's see him burn a Koran or two and then we can all stand back and watch the fireworks!
14:28 January 15, 2012 by johnny108
What's wrong with saying that islam is incompatible with German society? It's true. Christian codes are incompatible with modern business practices... It's no insult to say that the incompatible is, in fact, incompatible.
21:25 January 15, 2012 by mikel taylor
As an optimist, I truly believe everything is getting worse.
00:03 January 16, 2012 by boopsie
What an embarrassment that book is to the mult-cultural apologists here in germany. They will never forgive Sarrazin for speaking the truth so plainly. Lets see if they can redefine in their call for their book burning agenda. Too bad Lenny Bruce isn't isn't still around, he would have had a ball with "conceptual clarification".
11:02 January 16, 2012 by christopheuk25
You cannot escape the fact that wherever Muslims go trouble and violence follows,no matter what Western country they inhabit and recieve all the benefits of that country,they still have a disdain for anyone of another faith or of any White Westerners.The blame for this infestation of Western countries lies squarely at the feet of Left Wing/Liberal ideologists.
13:05 January 16, 2012 by boopsie
@ christopheruk25

Well said christopher. Pity the poor british. They decided to import the cheap labor their corporations needed to make money and now they are paying the price with all the multicultural stress. At the same time the politicians responsible hope that the problem will not explode on their watch. Kiss anglo saxon culture in europe goodbye in 10-20 years. We sold our birthright for cash.
17:42 January 16, 2012 by mixxim 1
It appears that a larger proportion of moslem civil servants in England have been convicted of corruption. However their employment has helped the government to reduce pay.
01:14 January 17, 2012 by boopsie
That's no surprise mixxim 1, corruption is part of their culture. Corruption and a longing for sharia law is a very steep price for the uk public to pay when the extra cash in many cases goes to support indigent immigrants anyway.
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