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Fighting Fires of Hate Exhibit Opens
Fighting Fires of Hate Exhibit Opens

The William F. Laman Public Library System presents Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings, August 31 - October 28. This traveling exhibition was organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

An opening reception is slated for 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at the main library. Music will be performed by Meredith Maddox Hicks, violinist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Just a few months after Adolf Hitler came to power in Nazi Germany and a full six years before World War II, German university students carried out an "Action Against the Un-German Spirit" targeting the writings by scores of German and foreign authors, including Helen Keller, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud. Their orchestrated book burnings across Germany would come to underscore German-Jewish writer Heinrich Heine's 19th century warning, "Where one burns books, one soon burns people."

The exhibition, Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings, provides a vivid look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the strong response that occurred in the United States both immediately and in the years thereafter. The exhibition 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.

For more information about this exhibit and other Laman Library programs call (501) 758-1720 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.