We were standing in the middle of bebelplatz, a large square in berlin, germany, where the nazi book burning of all books by jewish writers or. Today the empty library, a memorial by micha ullman consisting of a glass plate set into the cobbles, giving a. At midnight on 10 may 1933, german students supportive of hitlers ideas of purifying the german. See all 22 book burning memorial at bebelplatz tours on tripadvisor. Parthenon made of books built at site of nazi book burning. Pause in the popular public squares of potsdamer platz, gendarmentmarkt and also bebelplatz with its book burning memorial, humboldt university and state opera house. View all hotels near book burning memorial at bebelplatz on. A view of the bebelplatz memorial set in the paving stones, with humboldt university in the background, in berlin, germany, on monday, april 16, 2018. Behind a glass plate in the middle of bebelplatz, a library with empty. Media in category bebelplatz berlin mitte the following 84 files are in this category, out of 84 total. It was sobering to see the book burning memorial there. During my trip to berlin, germany, with my mother, we knew we wanted to see the bebelplatz book burning memorial.
Controversially, an underground car park was built under bebelplatz in 2004 but the monument was spared, and today you dont get anything of the car park that would distract from the monument. Memorial to may 10, 1933 nazi book burning, berlin ticket. It is a glass plate set in paving stones, and below it there is an. The subterranean bookshelves could accommodate about 20,000 books and remind at the approximately 20,000 books, which the nazis burnt on may 10th, 1933 on this place. Todays monument to the book burning on bebelplatz was inaugurated in 1995. A greekstyle temple made out of banned books hopes to stir debate about censorship at the site of nazi book burning in central germany. Jun 07, 2017 a greekstyle temple made out of banned books hopes to stir debate about censorship at the site of nazi book burning in central germany. We went as part of alla tours all day tour of berlin from our cruise ships one. Dave my little brother well no so little, medium maybe, and quite hairy was travelling to germany at the start of june to play music at a festival in braunschweig. Memorial the for nazi book burnings in 1933 in the ground of romerberg square in front of frankfurt city hall location. Our about berlin app presents the story behind the book burning and many other exciting stories about berlin s history. Plaque at the nazi book burning memorial on bebelplatz in berlin, germany. According to tripadvisor travelers, these are the best ways to experience book burning memorial at bebelplatz. The guide told them in french that on may 10, 1933, the nazis burned some 20,000 books by jews, communists and pacifists in this square.
The plaque has a quote from heinrich heines play almansor play, written. Among the many books that were torched were ones written by thomas mann, heinrich and karl marx. Memorial of the book burning on bebelplatz berlin creme. When books were burned in germany germany news and in. Bebelplatz berlin 2020 all you need to know before you. Bebelplatz berlin all you need to know before you go. Bebelplatz in berlin germany site of nazi book burning. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to nazism. Autodafe memorial a memorial to the 1933 nazi book burning in berlin. The book burning memorial, berlin, bebelplatz memory walk, anne frank house im aware that book burning took place on this square. Bebelplatz is a city square at humbolt university in berlin germany. Israeli sculptor gives rare tour of his bookburning memorial.
If this is supposed to be an empty bookcase maybe it is related. The bebelplatz memorial was inaugurated in 1995, and it is the work of israeli artist micha ullman. A view of the bebelplatz memorial in berlin, germany, on monday, april 16, 2018. Since 1995, a underground memorial by micha ullmann has reminded visitors of the book burnings. Israeli sculptor gives rare tour of his bookburning memorial in berlin. Gedenkplatte bucherverbrennung frankfurt am main, germany.
The book burnings took place in universities all over germany in 1933 and were celebrated by goebbels. On 10 may 1933, members of the nazi german student union and their professors burnt books as part of a nationwide action against the ungerman spirit. The play was written in 1817, one hundred years before the book burning in bebelplatz. Hotel in mitte, berlin 0 miles from book burning memorial this 5star hotel on berlins bebelplatz square offers gourmet cuisine and a luxury spa with a 20metre swimming pool.
We could not find the engraved plaque with the heine quote where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people but it is there somewhere. In may 1933 students burnt the works of hundreds of authors on a square in berlin and throughout germany. The book burnings were initiated and hosted by the nationalist german student association, thus stealing a march on the national socialist german students league. Best of berlin berlin shore excursion europe cruise tours. The books to be burnt were chosen according to blacklists made by the librarian wolfgang herrmann, which were then used to plunder private bookshelves, public libraries and. The may 1933 book burning in nazi germany had a precedent in nineteenth century germany. On may 10th, 1933, the national socialists nazis held their first book burning at this location. Bebelplatz book burning site dark tourism the guide to. Bombing of dresden 45 and bebelplatz in berlin casey harter. The main book burning took place at berlin s opera square, known today as bebel square, on the evening of may 10, 1933. The books to be burnt were chosen according to blacklists made by the librarian wolfgang herrmann, which were then used to plunder private bookshelves, public libraries and academic collections. Israeli sculptor gives rare tour of his book burning memorial in berlin. Heres why and other tips for visiting the bebelplatz book burning memorial.
Monument walk berlin, book burning memorial youtube. Memorial to the nazi book burning in bebelplatz by micha. Hotel in mitte, berlin 0 miles from book burning memorial this 5star hotel on berlins bebelplatz square offers gourmet cuisine and a luxury spa with a 66foot 20meter swimming pool. On may 10, 1933, university students burn upwards of 25,000 ungerman books in berlins opera square. Now every year, students at humboldt university sell books in the square to commemorate. We were standing in the middle of bebelplatz, a large square in berlin, germany, where the nazi book burning of all books by jewish writers or about the jewish faith occurred in 1933, and which now was the location for a memorial for the book burning travesty. The square is however best known for the infamous book burning in 1933. In 1817, german student associations burschenschaften chose the 300th anniversary of luthers 95 theses to hold a festival at the wartburg, a castle in thuringia where luther had sought sanctuary after his excommunication.
Micha ullman allowed a small group of artists and one journalist to enter the subterranean monument and hear what inspired it. Book burning in berlin united states holocaust memorial museum. We arrived to bebelplatz ready to see it, butwe had some trouble locating it. The memorial also includes a plaque with a eerie quote from one of heinrich heines plays that says where they burn books, they will also burn people.
These included books written by jewish, pacifist, religious, liberal. Us holocaust memorial museum, courtesy of national archives and records administration, college park, md. More than 20,000 books were brought to the square for the event. So i went back to the site the next time i was in berlin, in november 2011, and. The bebelplatz is a public square in the central mitte district of berlin, the capital of germany. Site of first nazi book burning in 1933 ironically, the square is better remembered today as the venue for the nazis first official book burning bonfire on may 10, 1933 just opposite humboldt university, where karl marx had been a student of hegels. Book burning memorial in a berlin minute week 27 on vimeo. Book burning united states holocaust memorial museum.
The bookburning on 10 may 1933, members of the nazi german student union and their professors burnt books as part of a nationwide action against the ungerman spirit. Do you want to know the entry ticket price for memorial to may 10, 1933 nazi book burning. At midnight on 10 may 1933, german students supportive of. About 20,000 books were burned, amongst others books of thomas mann, erich maria remarque, heinrich heine, karl marx and many other wellknown authors. The city was in nazi germany there were factories producing weapons for the war effort also, it was a rail base of send troops to the russian front prove military might. There was some musicians playing classical music when we visited in august 2019.
Book burning memorial at bebelplatz, berlin tripadvisor. The memorial to the bookburning on berlins bebelplatz shows an empty, underground library. Nice square, we had a guide telling us about the history. If you book with tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. Local experts will take you to mustsee spots such as the impressive brandenburg gate, the impactful memorial to the murdered jews of europe and show you.
The 10 best hotels near book burning memorial in berlin, germany. Micha ullman allowed a small group of artists and one journalist to enter the. Germany berlin berlin in berlin the bebelplatz formerly known as the opernplatz is mainly knowm for the burning of book on 10 may 1933 by members of the s. This 3hour berlin free walking tour will show you all the top attractions in the city. A member of the sa throws confiscated books into the bonfire during the public burning of ungerman books on the opernplatz in berlin, may 10, 1933. The book burnings were initiated and hosted by the nationalist german student association, thus stealing a march. Israeli sculptor gives rare tour of his bookburning. Bebelplatz travel guidebook must visit attractions in. The book burning memorial in berlin is located in bebelplatz square. Media in category book burning memorial on bebelplatz the following 23 files are in this category, out of 23 total. Provides an account of the berlin book burning, a translation of the feuerspruche fire decrees that accompanied the burning of banned books, and the reactions of some antinazi writers to the burnings. The nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the german student union the dst to ceremonially burn books in nazi germany and austria in the 1930s. One day in berlin, this happened tips for visiting the book burning memorial in berlin.
Major book burnings, may 1933 us holocaust memorial museum in a symbolic act of ominous significance, on may 10, 1933, university students burned upwards of 25,000 volumes of ungerman books, presaging an era of state censorship and control of culture. The bebelplatz is known as the site of one of the infamous nazi book burning ceremonies held in the evening of 10 may 1933 in many german university cities. Book burning in berlin united states holocaust memorial. On may 10, 1933, the nazis held a book burning ceremony, burning about 20,000 books. Berlin memorial marks book burning by nazis the washington post. It was a top thing i wanted to see in berlin, but i almost missed it. Us holocaust memorial museum, courtesy of the national archives and records administration, college park, md. Bebelplatz book burning site dark tourism the guide to dark. A plaque next to todays memorial quotes the liberal german author heinrich. But there is one that touches me every time i see it the memorial for the book burning on bebelplatz. The site of the famous nazi book burning campaign of 1933 remembers its night of shame. In 199495 a memorial called bibliothek library conceived by micha ullman was built within what is today called bebelplatz.
Located here is an eloquent memorial to the notorious nazi book burning that took place on the night of may 10, 1933. Book the original berlin free walking tour and visit many of the citys highlights with a local guide. The main book burning took place at berlins opera square, known today as bebel square, on the evening of may 10, 1933. Bebelplatz is a historic square surrounded by magnificent buildings such as st. Jul 14, 20 berlin is full of monuments, memorials and historical sites and it is nearly impossible to know all of them. Berlin is full of monuments, memorials and historical sites and it is nearly impossible to know all of them. The 10 best hotels near book burning memorial in berlin. Book burning memorial berlin, germany monument facebook. On may 10, 1933 student groups at universities across germany carried out a series of book burnings of works that the. It is a quiet little memorial, but powerful nonetheless. We recommend booking book burning memorial at bebelplatz tours ahead of time to secure your spot. Memorial to may 10, 1933 nazi book burning, berlin.1537 737 1030 112 609 1133 909 1416 636 1314 736 745 229 792 1250 1260 1092 613 1057 698 265 802 856 1490 684 968 189 1194 1571 1108 1585 280 452 1436 1498 656 1379 751 828 431 1073 872 255 1457