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Bebelplatz - Berlin
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Bebelplatz - Night of Shame Monument
Bebelplatz - Berlin

Though its name may not sound familiar, Bebelplatz is better known as the site of the Book Burning ceremony that took place on May 10th, 1933. Led by the Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, members of the S.A. and Nazis burned about 20.000 books including some of Thomas Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Heinrich Heine and Karl Marx.

Located on the southern side of the Unter den Linden Street, Bebelplatz was named after August Bebel, a leader of the German Social Democratic Party in the XIX century. It is right next to the Humboldt University and the St. Hedwig Cathedral, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Berlin.

Nowadays a glass plate on Bebelplatz commemorates this book burning episode showing empty bookcases next to an engraved 1817 quote of Heinrich Heine: "the burning is just a prologue: where they burn books, they ultimately burn people”. Every May 10th, Humboldt University students hold a book sale in the square.

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