The Books He Didn’t Burn


The Books He Didn’t Burn



Release Date



90 Minutes


Written and directed by: Jascha Hannover and Claus Bredenbrock
Cinematography: Andy Lehmann, Jimmy Kets
Film Editors: Sandra Brandl, Kalle Satzger
Music Composer: Steve Willeart
Producers: André Schäfer (Florianfilm DE), Juergen Buedts (Las Belgas BE), Gregory Zalcman (Take Five BE)


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THE BOOKS HE DIDN’T BURN takes a critical look at the history of Western thought by examining the remains of Adolf Hitler’s private library. The dictator and mass murderer owned 16,000 books at the end of his life, 1,200 of which are kept in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C today.
The documentary follows American historian Timothy Ryback, who studied these books for almost a decade. Hitler’s private library shows that he sprang from a long line of racist and anti-semitic thinkers and writers, many of them representing the intellectual mainstream of their time. The hateful ideas in them paved the way for Hitler – and influence far-right extremists until this day.