Very well done, simple memorial. Set in the university courtyard it is easy to miss but so evocative of the Nazi mantra when seen. Empty bookcases speak volumes of this horrendous attack on free thought and literature. Quite moving.
This memorial is very stark, but signifies exactly what the book burning did, depriving people of the opportunity of reading books not approved by the state. I found it very moving looking down on all those empty shelves. Worth a visit.
I had read negative reviews, so wasn't sure what to expect. We were there at night, and this is a "must see at night" memorial. The starkness of the bare, white shelfs drives home the point. It is in the plaza of university, which makes it all the more impactful.
Strolling along Unter Der Linden street you can easily skip this memorial unless you know about it. It is only less than one meter square on the paving stones and there is the chilling memorial to the dark day of the Nazi regime when they publicly burnt books.
This monument stands in memory of the infamous Nazi book burning ceremonies held all over Germany in the evening of 10 May 1933. The memorial consists of an underground bookcases, viewable from above a glass window set into the cobbles of Bebelplatz. The shelfs of the bookcases…