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Bebelplatz, Berlin

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Head to Bebelplatz in the central district to view the site of the infamous May 10, 1933, Nazi book burnings, when more than 20,000 books were burned by the nationalist German Student Association. Bordered by the state opera, buildings of Humboldt University, and St. Hedwig's Cathedral (the first Catholic church to be built in post-Reformation Prussia), the plaza now features a memorial to help remember not only the loss incurred during the book burning, but all the devastation that was carried out by the same hands. To fully experience the memorial, visit after dark. Plan to visit Bebelplatz during your Berlin vacation using our convenient Berlin trip itinerary builder.
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  • Square nothing special. Surrounded by Karen, for the time being due to the construction of new metro line. On the other hand, it was a beautiful sight as the Festival of lights the evening we came by. The buildings illuminated in amazing colors
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  • I had first seen this very unique monument in the daytime and it's pretty hard to get the impact and a decent photo of the empty underground library, until one late afternoon when the sun was setting ...  read more »
  • This is where the Nazis burned 20000 books. The memorial can be easily missed, nothing special and also there was a lot of development work going on close to it. The square was almost a building site....  read more »
  • "That was only a prelude; where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people" A modest, almost invisible, monument - the underground library with empty bookcases - which makes you understand that terrible things happen when people start to disrespect human knowledge and the wisdom stored in books ... I made a promise of visiting this place every time I go to Berlin.
  • Bebel Place (Bebelplatz) is the infamous square where the Nazis burned valuable books of the German and World Literature that they were considering "without value" and against their ideology. Their is a memorial for the Nazi Book Burning, here, in Bebelplatz.
  • This is the monument for books burning by the Nazis in 1933. Here you can see this "Sunken Library". It is a place of historical significance.
  • Don't miss the book burning memorial by artist Micha Ulman.
  • The book burning memorial is inordinately hard to find (it's just shiny patch amongst the flooring in the plaza) but seek it out you must.
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