On May 10, 1933, upwards of 25,000 volumes of books were burned in cities throughout Nazi Germany as part of a symbolic act of censorship. The books included writings by Helen Keller, Ernest Hemingway and any other author thought to be "un-German," and prompted immediate response from Americans.
Anythink is honored to host "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings," an exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines Nazi book burnings, their impact and how such historic events continue to resonate in American politics, literature and popular culture. This interactive display includes reproductions of photographs, newspapers, posters, documents and books, as well as audio-visual components with historic film footage.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 from 6-8:30 pm at Anythink Wright Farms. Community members are invited to explore this educational and thought-provoking exhibition and listen to a special guest presentation by Holocaust survivor Walter Plywaski. After living in the ghetto of Lodz, Poland, Mr. Plywaski was forced into both the Auschwitz and Dachau Nazi concentration camps. His tale of survival encourages attendees to confront prejudice and examine the causes of such horrific events. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
The exhibition will be on display Aug. 9-Sept. 28, 2013. In addition, Anythink will host several interactive programs in conjunction with "Fighting the Fires of Hate" and Banned Books Week, held Sept. 22-28.