The book burning memorial in Bebelplatz in Berlin, Germany. On 10 May 1933, the Nazi Party, members of the SA (“brownshirts”), SS, Nazi students and Hitler Youth groups held a book burning ceremony. They burned around 20,000 books, including works by Thomas Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Heinrich Heine and Karl Marx.
Today a memorial by Micha Ullman consisting of a glass plate set into the cobbles, giving a view of empty bookcases, commemorates the book burning. Furthermore, a line of Heinrich Heine is engraved, stating “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen” (“Where they burn books, they ultimately burn people”).
© J. Atamanuk, 30.10.2010