The University of Central Florida Library will host a panel discussion on censorship and book burnings from Nazi Germany to the 21st century.

The discussion is related to the exhibit “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” which is on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibit is on display through April 12 at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland.

The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in room 223 of the Library on UCF’s East Orlando campus.

The talk will focus on how book burnings became a potent anti-democratic symbol in World War II and will examine their current impact on public discourse and concerns about censorship and freedom of speech.

Panelists include Mitchell Bloomer, a resource teacher at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida; Lyn Davidson, associate editor of Heritage Florida Jewish News; and Kenneth L. Hanson, an author and associate professor in UCF’s Judaic Studies Program.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in lot B3, located next to the Progress Energy Welcome Center. Directions to campus and the Library are available at

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