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UNG to host exhibit from U.S. Holocaust Museum

Holocaust book burning

The University of North Georgia is hosting the traveling exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition, which runs from Jan. 17 to March 15 at the Library Technology Center on the university's Dahlonega campus, and accompanying lecture series are free and open to the public.

The exhibition opening is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Library Technology Center. That evening, internationally known scholar Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, will present the keynote address in the Hoag Student Center auditorium on the Dahlonega campus. A reception and book signing will be held 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the great room, located in the student center, prior to the 6 p.m. keynote address.

Schools and other groups are invited to schedule a Friday tour of the exhibition. Tour reservations are currently being accepted and must be requested at least seven days in advance. To schedule a tour, contact Ms. Bonnie Morris,, or 706-864-1521.

Other events scheduled throughout the exhibition include:

  • On Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of the Library Technology Center, Sally Levine, the specialist for teacher and curriculum development at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, will speak on "Teaching about the Holocaust: A Workshop for Educators." She also is a museum teacher fellow and regional educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located in Washington, D.C.
  • On Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., Dr. Laurence Sherr, Kennesaw State University's composer-in-residence and scholar of music and the Holocaust, will present "Banned Music in the Nazi Era," a concert and lecture, in the Gloria Shott Auditorium. This event is made possible through the support of the North Georgia's Department of Performing Arts. 
  • 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.

The exhibition and lecture series is supported by a gift from The Friends of North Georgia and is a collaboration by faculty from UNG and Kennesaw State University and the KSU Museum of History and Holocaust Education. This exhibition was underwritten in part by a grant from 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.

To learn more, visit the Book Burning Guide or contact Bonnie Morris at 706-864-1521 or via email at

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