[Opening] Mein Kampf, 2005
Invited artist: Daniel Blaufuks
Since the Middle Ages, books have been banned, locked up and burned in public squares. Even today, in the American South, some communities advocate for the burning of books and, in many countries, there is an “índex” of unauthorized books. Images of the public bonfires in which thousands of books by forbidden authors were burned by the Nazi regime, are still very present in our collective memory. In Germany, the publishing of Mein Kampf (My Struggle), the book in which Hitler explained what he would do if he were elected, is still forbidden. The possible publication of an annotated edition and, on the other hand, easy access to the text via the internet, are the subjects of heated debates. Should dangerous books be forbidden or read and discussed?
This video only shows one book being burned and disappearing, to the sound of Robert Schumann, a piece which the commander of Auschwitz would supposedly play for children and for his guests at the end of a day of work. If we listen carefully, occasionally we can hear the voice of Marlon Brando: “the horror, the horror”.