A traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened Thursday at the Raleigh County Public Library.

The library in Beckley will host the 1,500-square-foot exhibit, titled “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burning,” until June 10.

Amy Lilly, director of the library, previously told The Register-Herald the library chose this traveling exhibit, which focuses on a national evening of book burnings May 10, 1933, in Germany, because it relates to books, reading and censorship.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum website explains the 1933 book burnings were considered an act of “cleansing” foreign authors from German culture.

Among the books burned were American authors like Helen Keller and Ernest Hemingway.

According to the museum, the images of book burnings resonated with Americans and led to a reaffirmation of the American spirit of democracy and our freedom of expression.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Raleigh County library between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

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