Book burning in Opera Square, Berlin, on May 10, 1933. (Image Courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
For Americans, the iconography of Nazism is found in the swastika, the jackboot, the Nazi banner. But another symbol-flames and fire-accompanied the Third Reich from its strident inception to its apocalyptic demise. On January 30, 1933, torchlight parades announced the onset of the Nazi revolution. One month later, the flames of the Reichstag fire consumed the last vestiges of the Weimar Constitution. 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. Americans quickly condemned the book burnings as antithetical to the democratic spirit. The exhibition Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings 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.
The College of Wooster Libraries have created a guide to complement this exhibition.
Dr. Leon Bass will speak at the opening reception for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings” on September 22 at 6:15 pm on level 1 of Andrews Library. The reception will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with comments beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by his talk. Dr. Leon Bass served in a World War II African American battalion that helped with the liberation efforts at Buchenwald. The exhibition runs from 9/22/11 to 11/17/11.
This event is co-hosted by the Libraries, the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, and Embracing Our Difference Ohio. The exhibition was brought to The College of Wooster with support from Julia Fishelson, Emerita Life Trustee of The College.
An accompanying film series will coincide with the exhibition. All film screenings will be held in Severence 009.
Sophie Scholl: Die Letzten Tage/Sophie Scholl: The Final Days October 3, 7:00-9:30 p.m.Discussion Leader: Dr. Monika Flaschka
"Hearts Divided: Baptism and the Jews in the Third Reich" October 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.Discussion Leader: Dr. Charles L. Kammer III
Heil Hitler!: Confessions of a Hitler Youth October 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m.Discussion Leader: Dr. Hayden Schilling
*Due to licensing restrictions, the Film Series will be open to students, faculty, and staff of The College of Wooster only.
Holocaust survivors, children of survivors, WWII veteran/liberator, and scholars will engage small group conversations with our community members. More information and an opportunity to sign up to engage in a conversation will be made available soon. This event will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the College Libraries.
Thursday, September 22, 12am – Tuesday, October 4, 12am on the Memorial Walkway between Kauke and the Andrews/Gault Library. This is an outdoor art exhibit celebrating the positive influence diversity brings to our lives. It was brought to campus by the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement. To see a visual representation, click on the Slide Show of the Exibit PDF.
More information about and an online part of the exhibition are located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum web site.
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