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(Brain Pickings)   On this date in 1933, Helen Keller wrote a scathing open letter to the Nazis regarding their blacklisting her and burning her books. Which was pretty gutsy for a Jewish kid hiding behind a bookcase   (brainpickings.org) divider line 34
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2014-05-09 01:45:24 PM
No wonder they came and took her away.

/Wait, what?
 
2014-05-09 01:58:32 PM
If only she could've delivered it on her first circumnavigational flight of the globe.
 
2014-05-09 01:59:06 PM
I'll bet she did not see (or hear) it coming when the Nazis found her.
 
2014-05-09 03:17:07 PM
I don't think Americans burned Hellen Keller's books but we certainly have managed to do a good job hiding from the public the fact that she was kind of a pinko, liberal, socialist, pro-labor rights, feminist.
 
2014-05-09 03:25:02 PM
Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.
 
2014-05-09 03:35:38 PM
A bookcase? I must have missed that day in fark school, or didn't read that blind girl's diary.
 
2014-05-09 03:56:35 PM

Walker: No wonder they came and took her away.

/Wait, what?


Despite that, Keller lives.

www.acoustic-lounge.de
 
2014-05-09 04:28:30 PM

bigpeeler: Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.


But did she fix the cable?
 
2014-05-09 04:31:48 PM

bigpeeler: Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.


img.fark.net
 
2014-05-09 05:19:15 PM
From the "Know Your Meme" site:

The meme holds steady, as it is a fairy specific set of circumstances that invokes the meme, such as hiding in attics, or references to the deaf, dumb, and blind.

I was not aware the meme was somehow specific to fairies.
 
2014-05-09 05:20:48 PM

bigpeeler: Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.


www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-05-09 05:20:56 PM
And then she got lost trying to circumnavigate the North Pole...
 
2014-05-09 05:22:17 PM

bigpeeler: Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.


I'm sure you will - for some reason - stay in the thread to see...
 
2014-05-09 05:23:50 PM
Helen Keller was a hip, hip, hip, hip lady.

She was so cool even Alabama had to put her on their quarter.  Because that state sucks and they couldn't fit a Roll Tide tribute on there.

/the Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Amelia Earhart meme is really stupid by now.
 
2014-05-09 05:26:41 PM
Was it done in all caps?  Does braille have caps? Could the Nazis read braille?
 
2014-05-09 05:28:52 PM
how about an Anne Frank - Lizzie Borden fantasy fistfight meme?  I'm still trying to make that fetch.

Henchman 21: Here is where you are wrong, my friend. This woman has killed before.
Henchman 24: Allegedly.
Henchman 21: Okay, whatever. But she was a big girl. We are talking about a large, healthy woman of questionable stability.
Henchman 24: Oh, you are totally underestimating the never-say-die scrappiness of a survivor.
 
2014-05-09 05:30:06 PM
Look: a woman born deaf and blind, who survives hiding from the Nazis while circumnavigating the globe with a pocketful of radium, certainly deserves to be a famous military nurse. And if she wants to minister to the poor in later life, why should we stop her?

I swear, it's like you people don't even remember the first computer programmer.
 
2014-05-09 05:30:44 PM

bigpeeler: Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.


Me neither! But this headline completely confused Helen Keller with Susan B. Anthony. I am disappoint in the lack of women's history knowledge around here.
 
2014-05-09 05:49:28 PM
Um... I think you mean Amelia Earhart submoron
 
2014-05-09 05:52:35 PM
In spite of all the Anne Frank jokes, apparently Helen Keller was years ahead of the curve. She got it right about the barbarities against the Jews even 5 1/2 years ahead of Kristallnacht and beyond. She got it right about the futility of trying to suppress ideas. She got it right about the shame the Germans would have to face due to the course the Nazis were taking. All this in 1933. She did see it coming.
 
2014-05-09 05:53:20 PM
This has no bearing at all to the extensive time she spent later in life living amongst the apes.
 
2014-05-09 06:04:08 PM

bigpeeler: Wow, it's amazing how the whole Keller/Frank joke never gets old. I can't wait for the next one in like, 5 minutes.


Blame him.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-09 06:23:09 PM
And nowadays she would write a letter to the liberals of this country, since they're the new fascists.

At least that's something I learned on Fark.
 
2014-05-09 07:26:23 PM
Outside of the jokes, read the letter.  A few paragraphs and she manages to say 'hey, I know you're angry and have good reason to be about the First World War, but you're going to get slapped down by history.'  It's pretty awesome.

She's an awesome lady.
 
2014-05-09 08:12:21 PM

kbronsito: I don't think Americans burned Hellen Keller's books but we certainly have managed to do a good job hiding from the public the fact that she was kind of a pinko, liberal, socialist, pro-labor rights, feminist.


That is the great tragedy of Helen Keller. She was extremely passionate about workers' rights and trying to make the world a better place. She felt it would be extremely sad if her story was used as some kind of feel good fable for children, about how if you trusted yourself you could achieve anything. Well, we certainly honored her wishes, haven't we?
 
2014-05-09 09:24:36 PM

kbronsito: I don't think Americans burned Hellen Keller's books but we certainly have managed to do a good job hiding from the public the fact that she was kind of a pinko, liberal, socialist, pro-labor rights, feminist.


It is also a little known fact that she played mean pinball.
 
2014-05-09 10:16:40 PM

PreMortem: A bookcase? I must have missed that day in fark school, or didn't read that blind girl's diary.


The door to the Secret Annexe was hidden behind a bookcase.

[themoreyouknow.gif]
 
2014-05-09 10:23:46 PM

idsfa: PreMortem: A bookcase? I must have missed that day in fark school, or didn't read that blind girl's diary.

The door to the Secret Annexe was hidden behind a bookcase.

[themoreyouknow.gif]


Thx. Still not reading that book.
 
2014-05-09 10:42:32 PM
You guys aren't going to stop until Charlie Chaplin and the un defeat the Nazis are you?
 
2014-05-10 05:31:39 AM

Jaws_Victim: kbronsito: I don't think Americans burned Hellen Keller's books but we certainly have managed to do a good job hiding from the public the fact that she was kind of a pinko, liberal, socialist, pro-labor rights, feminist.

That is the great tragedy of Helen Keller. She was extremely passionate about workers' rights and trying to make the world a better place. She felt it would be extremely sad if her story was used as some kind of feel good fable for children, about how if you trusted yourself you could achieve anything. Well, we certainly honored her wishes, haven't we?


Well, before the internet when we learned about someone cool in school, if you wanted to know more pretty much the best you could do was your local library. And typically the books you'd go through would be either child versions which basically went over the same basic facts, perhaps with more of a narrative, or dreary tomes that often were brutally uninteresting.

Now you can google a name, and read a webpage, a wikipedia article that gives you the unsanitized overview. I did reports on Helen Keller in school and have always been someone who read incessantly. I never heard of her activism at all until adulthood, when it shocked me that I hadn't heard of it before. Today that just couldn't happen.

And that, is awesome.
 
2014-05-10 05:48:45 AM

idsfa: PreMortem: A bookcase? I must have missed that day in fark school, or didn't read that blind girl's diary.

The door to the Secret Annexe was hidden behind a bookcase.

[themoreyouknow.gif]


PUT THE CANDLE BACK!
 
2014-05-10 07:22:00 AM
Wait, that lady that Jim Kirk had a fling with when he was stuck in the 20th Century and Spock had to build a tricorder from period components that was the size of a whole hotel room was hiding behind a bookcase the whole time? Freaky.
 
2014-05-10 08:05:12 AM
"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows." -Helen Keller
#1 What the hell does Helen Keller know about seeing shiat? #2 The only way she could possibly see a shadow is with her face to the sun.
 /no wonder the nazis found her...
 
2014-05-10 11:19:13 AM

kbronsito: I don't think Americans burned Hellen Keller's books but we certainly have managed to do a good job hiding from the public the fact that she was kind of a pinko, liberal, socialist, pro-labor rights, feminist.


And TFA joins in the charade:  "Keller, ordinarily a legendary optimist and champion of the human spirit...."
 
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