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Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings

The College of Wooster Libraries are honored to present the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum traveling exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings." We invite you to explore the exhibition on display from September 22 to November 17, 2011 in the main lobby of Andrews Library on The College of Wooster campus.

Book burning in Opera Square, Berlin, May 10, 1933.

Credit: Courtesy U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum/NARA

Online Exhibition

You are invited to explore the following "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" online exhibition.

 

Attribution

The "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" Exhibition has been made possible in part with support from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and brought to The College of Wooster with support from Julia Fishelson, Emerita Life Trustee of the College.

The opening reception is co-sponsored by The College of Wooster Libraries and the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement.



 

Opening Reception

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leon Bass

Dr. Leon Bass served in an African-American battalion that helped with the liberation efforts of the Buchenwald during World War II. Comments will begin at 6 pm, with Dr. Bass's talk following at 6:15 pm.

Date/Time: September 22, from 5-8 pm

Place: Andrews Library, The College of Wooster

 

The Book Burnings

"On April 6, 1933, the German Students Association’s Main Office for Press and Propaganda proclaimed a nationwide 'Action against the Un-German Spirit,' to climax in a literary purge or 'cleansing'(Säuberung) by fire. Local chapters were to supply the press with releases and commissioned articles, sponsor well-known Nazi figures to speak at public gatherings, and negotiate for radio broadcast time. On April 8, the students association also drafted its twelve 'theses' — deliberately evocative of Martin Luther — declarations and requisites of a 'pure' national language and culture. Placards publicized the students’ 'theses,' which attacked 'Jewish intellectualism,' asserted the need to 'purify' the German language and literature, and demanded that universities be centers of German nationalism. The students described the proclaimed 'action' as a response to a worldwide Jewish 'smear campaign' against Germany and an affirmation of traditional German values."

-from the Online Exhibition page "The Book Burnings"

 

Outdoor Exhibition

You are invited to view:

Celebrate Diversity: 2011 Embracing Our Differences Ohio

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. It will be displayed on the Memorial Walkway between Kauke Hall and the Andrews/Gault Libraries beginning on September 22.

All guests are invited to move through this outdoor exhibit, which will be lit the night of the Opening Reception for the "Fighting the Fires of Hate..." Exhibition.

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