The article “How Nazis destroyed books in a quest to destroy European culture” and the book “1984” both touch on the same themes of information being restricted and the natural world being banished and forbidden. The article focuses on how the Nazi regime was a “merciless machine of human destruction,” and goes to prove just how much so with describing how “tens of millions of books were incinerated.” The Nazis had no tolerance for items or thoughts of any nature that went against their oppressive opinions and beliefs. The Nazi regime wanted change for what they thought to be the better, and in doing so “the totalitarian German state attempted to remake the cultural landscape of Europe.” They made their words law, and all opposing ones outlawed. The book 1984 touches on the same topic of literature being destroyed and information being severely limited and mostly false. O’Brien tells Winston how “the Thought Police hunt [Goldstein’s books] down and destroys them almost as fast as [the Brotherhood] can produce them.” This is another example of how supposed utopian societies are really nothing of that nature; for if the government is oppressing people to the point that being in possession of a certain book would lead to imminent death, something clearly isn’t utopian. Destroying literature is destroying the past, and “who controls the present controls the past,” according to the Party as well as the entirety of Oceania. What these two items are getting at is that literature has deep meaning and significance; without good books and bad books, nice books and sad books, factual books and books filled with lies, we wouldn’t be free, and it’s as simple as that. Differing opinions and beliefs is what makes society as productive and diverse as it is today.