It is not true that in Germany they collect Russian books for burning in winter – Analyzes

It is not true that in Germany they collect Russian books for burning in winter – Analyzes
It is not true that in Germany they collect Russian books for burning in winter – Analyzes


The “official announcements” circulating on the Internet are fabricated.

The text has been republished by – a fact-checking platform created at the initiative of the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria.

  • The Dresden library does not collect Russian books to burn during the cold months.
  • Reports of other German libraries collecting books for burning are also completely fabricated.

In the first days of September, a message purporting to be the work of the Saxon State and University Library in Dresden began to spread actively on social networks. A reader of ours sent us a Facebook post asking us to check out what it’s really all about.

Translated from German, the text of the message reads:

“Dear Readers,

Confronting Russian aggression is a common cause for all of us. Russian literature has no place in your libraries. In connection with the anticipated savings in heating in autumn and winter, we ask you to donate books by Russian authors to be used for heating the library. That way, you’ll be able to keep reading good books even if Putin cuts off the gas.

From the library directorate.”

The note shows coordinates and contacts of the library in Dresden, including the e-mail address and telephone number of the general director of the institution – Kathryn Stump.

The library’s answer’s check on the case found that even during the first days, when a photo of the message began to be widely circulated on the Internet, the library in Dresden issued an official statement on the matter. The library defines the information as false and states that the distributed note is not their work.

War and peace

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The general director of the library, Katrin Stump, shares the institution’s opinion regarding the spreading misinformation on her Twitter account. It is available in German, English and Russian.

“We have already taken legal action against the false message being spread. We ask you to stop sharing this false information and instead support us in spreading the truth, namely that this is a targeted disinformation campaign,” the statement said. of the library.

A series of attacks

The Dresden library is not the only target of such a disinformation campaign. Cases of similar fake messages being distributed on behalf of other libraries in Germany have also been reported.

A similar case gained popularity with the distribution of an almost identical message on behalf of the library in Hamburg. The fake letter, purported to be the work of the Hamburg library, urges readers to bring in unwanted books for the library to use for heating in the fall and winter.

Crime and Punishment

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While in the case of the message distributed on behalf of the Dresden library, books by Russian authors are explicitly mentioned, in the second case this clarification is missing. One of the places where the fake appeal on behalf of the Hamburg library is most actively shared, however, is the German journalist Alina Lipp’s Telegram channel, entitled “News from Russia” (Neues aus Russland). There, the post has over 96k views as of September 14, 2022.

As early as September 2, a statement published on the Hamburg library’s official webpage said that the appeal shared on the Internet was fake and had nothing to do with the library’s activities. There is also mention of legal measures taken following the example of the Dresden library case.

The case of the spread of false messages on behalf of German libraries has attracted the interest of fact-checkers in a number of countries in Europe. The case is being handled by fact-checkers from the Italian blog BUTAC, the German non-governmental investigative site CORRECTIV and the Austrian fact-checking site MIMIKAMA. The conclusion of these fact-checking platforms is the same as that of the check: it is not true that libraries in Germany collect Russian or other books for burning in the winter.


Claims that libraries in Germany urge readers to bring books by Russian authors or unnecessary books to be used for heating in winter are untrue. The “official announcements” circulating on the Internet are fabricated. Libraries in Dresden and Hamburg officially deny having published such messages and do not collect Russian and other books to burn for heating.

The column “Analyses” presents different points of view, the opinions expressed do not necessarily coincide with the editorial position of “Dnevnik”.

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