On the night of May 10, 1933, more than 25,000 books were burned across Nazi Germany. Most of the book burnings occurred in cities with universities--Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and 31 others. On the pyres were titles considered to be “un-German.” Books authored by Communists, Socialists, Liberals, Pacifists, Jews and anyone disliked by the regime, were burned.
Before the first match was struck, news of the pending censorship caught wind and spread. Voices rose in opposition. In America, it was as if freedom itself was to be burned to ash. The Nazi book burnings were viewed as the deepest affront to liberty--authors whose books would be burned including Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Sinclair Lewis and many others were vocal in their opposition.
Americans quickly condemned the events as hostile to the spirit of democracy and the freedom of expression. Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings explores how the book burnings became a potent symbol in America’s battle against Nazism and why they continue to resonate with the public—in film, literature, and political discourse—to this day.
General admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and seniors. No charge for Museum members.
Educator Preview Night: September 8, 2014, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. No charge for educators.
Joanne and Charles Teichman/YLANG 23
Louise and Gigi Gartner
Special thanks to Lucky Dog Books for pulling copies of banned books from their shelves and allowing us to display them in the Museum as part of this exhibit.
This exhibit was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Per the USHMM, this exhibition was underwritten in part by grants from The Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.
September 21−27, 2014
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Ideas and Resources, Calendar of Events, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank Lucky Dog Books (Used books in three locations throughout the Metroplex) for helping us create a small exhibit of books banned by the Nazis. This exhibit is part of the larger Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burning.
DO WORDS KILL?
HATE SPEECH, PROPAGANDA, AND INCITEMENT TO GENOCIDE
A lecture by Dr. Elizabeth White.
What makes hate speech dangerous and when does it incite violence? This talk will address new thinking about the factors that give speech the power to promote violent hate and options for addressing it. Join us for this free program on Tuesday, October 7, in Dallas, Texas.
The root causes of hatred and racism haven’t changed, but technology has advanced ways to disseminate hate speech and incitement to violence. Learn when hate speech crosses the line to “dangerous speech,” where dangerous speech is a threat today, and what can be done to counter it without restricting freedom of expression.
rsvp to http://ushmm.org/events/hate-speech-Texas
Dr. Elizabeth White
Research Director, Center for the Prevention of Genocide
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. This program is co-presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum, hosting the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings from September 2 to October 15.
The 2014 Hope for Humanity Award Dinner honoring Stan Rabin will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in the Regency Ballroom. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. It will be a night of recognition and celebration.
Funds raised at this event will support the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance which is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity. The Museum’s education programs have a profound effect on people of all ages and reach at least 30,000 school children each year.