Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2008
“Where they have burned books,
they will end in burning human beings.”
~ Heinrich Heine,
from his play Almansor.
Warning: profanity, insults, homophobia, and book & effigy burnings are standard fare now in the ongoing media theater from the gentlemen from Georgia.
In 1933, Nazis burned works of Jewish authors, and other works considered “un-German,” at the library of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin.
Who would have thought the guys in Georgia, so starved for attention, would resort to burning my Bigfoot! book, and dipping into homophobic attacks on my book, my name, and Matt Moneymaker?
The works of Jewish authors and other so-called “degenerate” books were burnt by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. On May 10, 1933, on the Opernplatz in Berlin, S.A. and Nazi youth groups burned around 20,000 books from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft and the Humboldt University; including works by Heinrich Heine, Thomas Mann, Karl Marx, Erich Maria Remarque, and H.G. Wells.
Book burnings continue today.
The video below may be disgusting to watch. Profanity is used. Homophobic attacks are directed at my book, me, and Matt Moneymaker. But you would not believe it if I merely tried to describe it to you. We must not turn away from what this has become and act like it is not what it is.
I don’t want to show this video, but I must. People turned away from the Nazis and thought that they would go away.
What is occurring with these “Georgia bigfoot trackers” goes beyond the pale now. They apparently don’t understand what is written in plain English, seem threatened by talk of biological sexuality, and use the lowest forms of insults and Nazi tactics available.
We could ignore these guys, and hope they just would go away. But that’s what some people did about the Nazi book burnings too.
I will not act like this is not happening.
The book burners will not win in the world of today. The bftrkers have merely demonstrated that Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2003) is the most popular Sasquatch book, presently in existence.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.