For those who live in or near Central Florida, you have an opportunity to see the exhibit Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burning currently at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland, just north of Orlando. This exhibit, on loan from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, opened this week and will be there until April 11, 2011.
On May 10, 1933, German university students launched an “Action Against the Un-German Spirit” targeting authors ranging from Helen Keller and Ernest Hemingway to Sigmund Freud. This extraordinary exhibit 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 our public discourse.
A community lecture on book burning and censorship is being planned for Thursday February 17 at 6 PM; go to www.holocaustedu.org for more details.
The Center is open Monday -Thursday 9 am to 4 pm, Friday 9 am to 1 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. No admission is charged.