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.
•WHEN: On September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, we will host PEACE DAY DALLAS - AWARENESS ADVENTURE, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
•WHAT: The Awareness Adventure is a three-and-a-half mile loop with clues and answers regarding Dallas’ journey through history. The touring mobile app will guide participants through downtown Dallas, highlighting our city’s past and intertwining it with the current day to challenge participants to be part of a more progressive and tolerant city.
•WHERE: The event starts (registration) and ends in the heart of downtown Dallas at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, in the West End directly across from The Sixth Floor Museum. The first stop will be Dealy Plaza.
•WHO: The Awareness Adventure is for all ages offering fun facts, exciting trivia and great stories about our city, state, nation and world, including historical events taught through the city’s art, landscape and architecture . We anticipate widespread student participation as well as a fun time for learners of all ages.
•WHY: To recognize the “Peace One Day” global day of peace and celebrate the 30th anniversaries of CISV-DFW and the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.
To register or get additional information to go http://www.peacedaydallas.org/#!register/c23vb
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.