Thursday, May 17, 2007

Book-burning monument - very cool

On May 10, 1933, Nazis burned about 20,000 books in Bebelplatz, a public square in Berlin. (For more information about the book burning, check out the Wikipedia article.) Among these books were works by Thomas Mann, Karl Marx and Eric Maria Remarque.

There is now a memorial in Bebelplatz - it is unobtrusive, something you might even miss if you didn't know it was there. It is underground, beneath the square, and you have to look through a sheet of plexiglass to see it: enough empty bookshelves to hold 20,000 books. It gives me goosebumps!

Nearby there is a plaque with a quote from German poet Heinrich Heine's words: "Where books are burned, in the end people will burn."

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