"Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" at Jane Bancroft Cook Library on 02/07/2012reset filters
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"Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings"
When February 7, 2012 @ 8:00AM - 11:00PMRepeats daily until Fri Mar 30 2012 .
Contact Johnette Cappadona at (941) 487-4600 or email
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.
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