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"Bebelplatz" Bebelplatz Tip by DrewV

Bebelplatz, Berlin: 20 reviews and 36 photos

  Rows of empty shelves...
by DrewV

Bebelplatz may have been one of the most moving things I've ever seen. The platz is bordered by the Old Library and Humboldt University on two of its sides. From these institutions, the Nazis took twenty thousand books and set them ablaze.

In the center of the plaza, a transparent pane of plastic set in the ground allows views into an empty room with row upon row of empty white shelves, enough for each book burned. Nearby, a plaque is set with the words of Heinrich Heine in the 19th century:

Nur dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen

Where one only burns books, in the end one will also burn humans

Address: Unter den Linden

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  • Written Aug 13, 2003
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