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"Bebelplatz" Bebelplatz Tip by smirnofforiginal

Bebelplatz, Berlin: 20 reviews and 36 photos


Off of Unter den Linden and opposite Humboldt Universitat is Bebelplatz - the site of the huge Nazi book burning which took place on 10th May 1933. Around 25,000 books written by authors who were considered to be enemies of the Third Reich were burned.

Find a square piece of glass in the floor and you've found the "poignant below-ground memorial" (as the Lonely Planet guide book described it). Pesonally, I was bitterly disappointed. The glass was so scuffed and scratched you could barely see through it and the empty library bookshelves that were below (by Micha Ullman) looked like they were flat packed IKEA shelves!

Blink and you might miss the small plaque in the ground, a little further into the square, which is also in memory of the book burning event. It says "where books are burned, in the end people will burn" (Heinrich Heine).

...let's also take a moment to remember that one of the Indiana Jones movies was shot here!

Address: off Unter den Linden

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2007
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