Holocaust Museum's 10th anniversary includes Harry Potter

  April 29, 2003 at 5:30 PM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via Yahoo! News)

The Associated Press reportsopens in new window:

The Holocaust Museum is marking its 10th year with a display on book burning that includes images from a New Mexico town where Harry Potter books were torchedopens in new window by people who said they teach children to become witches.

The museum put a copy of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" into an exhibit, opening Wednesday, that marks the 70th anniversary of book burnings in Nazi Germany. Near it are three color photos of a bonfire set Dec. 30, 2001, by the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, N.M.

The Rev. Jack Brock, pastor of the New Mexico church, called Harry Potter books "a masterpiece of satanic deception" when he lit the fire. Across the street from the bonfire, hundreds of protesters, one dressed as Adolf Hitler, formed a line that stretched a quarter-mile. "Stop burning books!" they chanted.

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