rain
Wednesday May 27th, 2015 10:02AM

At UNG in Dahlonega, Holocaust exhibit shows book burning

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
DAHLONEGA - North Georgians are learning about the Nazi era from "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings", a traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Museum on display at the Dahlonega campus of the University of North Georgia.

Exhibit Coordinator Bonnie Morris says 1933's Nazi book burning in Germany denied freedom of thought.

"With academic freedom you want people to have the availability and then they can make their own choices but if you don't have availability you can't make your own choices," Morris said.

Morris, who is also coordinator of reference and collection development, added that the book burning was especially objectionable to her, whether it happened in 1933, or in the present day with book banning that still occurs.

"We're banning and challenging books for sure," Morris said. "There are various places throughout the country where books like the Harry Potter series and other books are being challenged at the very least."

The exhibit is on display on three floors in the open areas of the Library Technology Center.

"We've had one school group to come already from North Habersham Middle School and we have other school groups that will be coming on various Fridays during the exhibit," according to Morris. "This is just reinforcing what they're learning in school. Its making them think about any kind of material that could be challenged or in this case burned."

The exhibit also includes a lecture series which started January 28th with Sally Levine from the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta. She spoke on teaching about the Holocaust. This Friday at 7 p.m. Dr. Laurence Sherr from Kennesaw State University will present "Banned Music in the Nazi Era" on campus at the Gloria Shott Auditorium.

On Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m., Dr. Sabine Smith from German studies at Kennesaw State, will explore the issue of "Degenerative Art, Architecture, Film" in the Library Technology Center's Special Collections Room.

Dr. Catherine Lewis, director of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State and professor of history, will present the closing lecture "Looking Back, Looking Ahead," on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Library Technology Center's Special Collections Room.

"When we planned our speakers we tried to encompass the full picture of what was banned during this era from 1933 up to World War Two," said Access Services Manager Cynthia Horne. "It encompassed art and music and a great realm of things that influenced modern society."

Horne said "Fighting the Fires of Hate" tells the story of how the Nazis exercised mind control, adding that it's important to learn about what happened.

"People need to be aware of how all of these things influence society. If a government entity or group is trying to limit what you have access to, they're trying to control the way you think."
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
18-year-old sentenced in death of Gwinnett cab driver
An 18-year-old has been sentenced in the 2014 shooting death of a metro Atlanta taxi driver.
By Associated Press
8:30AM ( 1 hour ago )
Van crashes into Lawrenceville daycare
Lawrenceville police are investigating after a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the side of a daycare center Tuesday afternoon.
10:21PM ( 11 hours ago )
Suwanee City Council approves $11K for Town Center lighting improvements
New lights are on the way to the streetlamps in the Suwanee Town Center following a contract approval Tuesday night by the city council.
7:08PM ( 14 hours ago )
Bat survey, other environmental studies add to price tag for Glades Reservoir project
The price tag for the Glades Reservoir project in north Hall County keeps getting bigger, and the county is still a year away from getting a permit for the project.
5:45PM ( 16 hours ago )
Storms moving through North Georgia, weaken throughout the week
A storm system moving through North Georgia is the same one that caused serious damage in Texas and Oklahoma.
5:18PM ( 16 hours ago )