Eva Tas considered the Nazi book burning on 10 May 1933, when she was seventeen, to be the most traumatic experience of her youth. As a gymnasium pupil she had become acquainted with the meaning of writing and writers at an early age. In writing we express our deepest feelings; we record as accurately as possible how we think about something; we articulate our problems, convey our opinions and substantiate our convictions. For that reason writing provides people with a unique opportunity to become better acquainted with each other, to understand each other and to live together in peace. Eva understood that this opportunity can only be put to use when writers are at liberty to write what they wish and when readers have access to everything that has been written.