November 5, 2012
In 1933, university students in Nazi Germany burned thousands of books by the likes of Helen Keller and Ernest Hemingway as a means of "cleansing" the "un-German" spirit from German culture. The Nazi's early suppression provoked an immediate reaction from the United States, as will be shown in "Banned and Burned: Literary Censorship and the Loss of Freedom," opening tonight and running through Jan. 6 at West Palm Beach's Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St. The show's artifacts address the book burnings and its influence on postwar media (Ray Bradbury's dystopian "Fahrenheit 451," TV series "The Waltons," for example). Delray Beach Holocaust survivor Jim Bachner leads off with a 5:30-7:30 p.m. discussion titled "Freadom." Opening night free with RSVP. 561-868-7715 or WpbLibraryFound.org.