Fighting the Fires of Hate
Neville Public Museum
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibition:
Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burning
November 13, 2008 – January 11, 2009
In 1933, Nazi students orchestrated the burning of thousands of “un-German” books in staged spectacles across Germany, targeting authors from Helen Keller and Ernest Hemingway to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. These first steps that the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the response that occurred in the United States, are examined in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibition, Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings, scheduled to appear at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County.
Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings, debuted at the Holocaust Memorial Museum several years ago and is now traveling nationwide, focuses on how the book burnings became a potent symbol during World War II in America’s battle against Nazism and concludes by examining their continued impact on American politics, literature and popular culture. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view displays of period artifacts, documents and news coverage, along with film, video, and newsreel footage. The exhibition features clips from movies such as “Pleasantville” and “Field of Dreams,” episodes of “The Waltons” and “M*A*S*H” and photos of the public burning of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
For more information, please visit the Neville Public Museum’s web site, Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings.