Bookstores 'Fall on the Side of Openness & Diversity'

Johanna Hahn

"The book industry has always reacted with great sensitivity to the political climate, and bookstores are always a place where social change occurs. Now, the theme really seems to be freedom of speech, freedom of opinion. Look at America, look at Turkey--this problem is all over the world.... In every book there's a new perspective, so bookstores automatically fall on the side of openness and diversity."

--Johanna Hahn, director of the Börsenverein (the German book industry association) in Berlin and Brandenburg, as quoted in a New York Times article headlined "When Neo-Nazis Marched Through Berlin's Old Jewish Quarter, a Bookshop Took Notice"
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