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Address: Bebelplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

The site of the Nazi bookburning on May 10, 1933 now houses a memorial to...

The site of the Nazi bookburning on May 10, 1933 now houses a memorial to that event: a below-ground room lined with empty bookcases, which you see through a window set in the pavement.

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This is a very small area, but has great historical significance due to the burned books by the Nazi's. See the empty bookshelves through the glass.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The square is such a large place, with historical importance, due to the burning of the books by the nazis during war.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the story of bebelplatz however when we passed it we were instantly disappointed due to the obnoxious scaffolding and building all over the place. I know it's all to improve berlin but we wished we had come during a different time

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a very small memorial, but the importance is major - just like the gay memorial on the edge of the Tiergarten. Read the history of why these spots are important. Visiting them will be more insightful.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

"Square at the Opera house" was the original name of this space, laid out between 1741 and 1743. It is fronted by the State Opera building, the Humboldt University and the St. Hedwig's Cathedral. Its main fame goes back to the Nazi book burning orchestrated in May 1933. There is a memorial of this book burning recessed into the floor... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a very small area, but has great historical significance due to the burned books by the Nazi's. See the empty bookshelves through the glass.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Our Princess Cruise tour took us by here for a very quick look at the public square and the site of the Nazi book burning site which took place on May 10, 1933 and memorial which was placed into the cobbles so that you can view the empty book cases below. Although the memorial itself is not much, the fact... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The mass book burning by the Nazis took place on Bebelplatz in 1933. That event is commemorated by the empty library memorial.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 and I was on my way back from the Gothic Quarter to the Tier Garden area that I happen to take a quick... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

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. The university is opposite where Einstein was based before Hitler took power, there are book sales there outside daily.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The square where the Natzis conducted their book burning's and now contains a square window in the ground in which there is a room full of empty book shelves. I missed this attraction on an earlier visit to Berlin and so was eager to seek it out. A wonderful little memorial that can quite easily be missed.

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