The West Palm Beach Library Foundation will host Palm Beach Dramaworks as they present My Books, Banned and Burned, a theatrical performance where actors will portray Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller and other acclaimed authors whose books were burned in 1933 by university students in Nazi Germany. The burning of books soon became the symbolic foreshadowing of German-Jewish writer Heinrich Heine’s 19th century warning, “Where one burns books, one soon burns people.” Staged by Palm Beach Dramaworks resident director J. Barry Lewis.
This presentation is part of Banned and Burned: Literary Censorship and the Loss of Freedom, an emotional and unforgettable series of events that will feature the traveling exhibition, Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The eight-week presentation runs through January 6, 2013 and provides a vivid look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the strong response from the United States. For details on the exhibition and related events, visit www.wpblibraryfound.org.