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  • Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burning

    On May 10, 1933, university students across Nazi Germany burned thousands of books in an ominous “cleansing” of the “un-German spirit,” setting fire to the works of Helen Keller, Ernest Hemingway, Sigmund Freud, and others. These book burnings became a potent symbol in America’s fight against Nazism and continue to resonate today.


  • Nazi Book Burning

    In this short film, a Holocaust survivor, an Iranian author, an American literary critic, and two Museum historians discuss the Nazi book burnings and why totalitarian regimes often target culture, particularly literature.