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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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Medford, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A memorial is erected at the center of the Plaza that is a 2 x 2 glass window in the pavement to an underground chamber of empty book shelves. The memorial remembers the location of 1933 student book burnings and the destruction of ideas. The plaza is under construction so unlike a visit 18-months ago, we were able to see... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Half of this square looks fantastic - so amazing, beautiful buildings. Sadly, the other half of the square is covered in scaffolding and hoarding so you can't really see it.

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Weilerbach, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Originally known as Opera Platz, it is surrounded by the University, the Opera and the Law Center. Famed for being the site of the 1933 book burning and has a memorial to the event. Has been undergoing contruction for quite some time which discourages visitations.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 16 November 2016 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 30 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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Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 26 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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