The Washington Post article, “How Nazis destroyed books in a quest to destroy European culture” and the novel “1984” both explore the dystopian element of having information restricted and how controlling the information can benefit who ever is in control. While looking through a shop, Winston notices the books on the shelf contained “nothing but rubbish”. The “hunting-down and destruction” of books had already been done by the Party. In “1984”, Orwell is pointing out that the people in control limit what the people know and destroy what could be seen as a threat. Orwell is also telling the reader that humanity should accept differences peacefully. In “How Nazis destroyed books in a quest to destroy European culture”, the author, Michael Roth, describes books as giving one a “feeling of freedom” and that they “connect us to the world”. This is exactly what Hitler and the Nazis wanted to eradicate. Hitler believed that he had to completely obliterate the Jewish culture and burn their books which were full of information regarding their religion. The people in charge are terrified of what information can do to their perfect utopia and will wipe out what they see as a threat. Humankind must use the information available and show that it can be beneficial and help the community grow.