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“A moving memorial, not a signpost in sight.”
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Berlin Private Half-Day Walking Tour: Discover the German Capital’s History
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Owner description: 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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“A moving memorial, not a signpost in sight.”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

We sought out this attraction as we saw it mentioned in another museum. Considering it marks such a significant event, we were exceedingly surprised that we couldn't see a single sign, pointing to the memorial.
What you are looking for is a flat piece of glass in the middle of the square, opposite the entrance to the university (the law dept if I recall correctly). If you peer down, you see a small room with all 4 walls lined with empty white bookshelves. Symbolising the burning of the books.
A very clever and thought provoking memorial, worth a visit if you are passing.

Visited June 2012
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“Great to See”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

Great monument for the infamous book burning. It is a large square and the monument is located on the ground. Since the monument is level to the ground it is hard to see but just go towards the group of people standing in the square. There is a nice Church towards the back left and there is a law school on one side too. This is a five minute visit.

Visited August 2011
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“Nice hidden gem”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

You have to look for it, and know of its existence, but then it's a really nice idea for a monument.

Visited March 2012
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“Interesting Memorial”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

'Once a society starts burning books, it won't be long till they burn human beings' This is the free translation of the German text written and placed next to the memorial.
A big library full of empty book cases, reminding the observer of all the books that were burnt in this place.
The location of Bebelplatz is also great. You have the Humboldt University across the street, the HU law faculty on one side, an opera house and a Catholic church on the other.

One down side: there is almost always some sort of construction going on here.

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“A Very Moving Monument”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Bebelplatz is the site of the infamous book burning's conducted by the SS & the Hitler Youth in 1933.
The square itself is quite large, however it's very easy to see where the monument to this horrific night is as there are lots of people crowded around a spot at the rear of the square.
For those on a budget, this is one of the few attractions (for want of a better word) which are free in Berlin.
The memorial is under the square, however there is a perspex window to see the empty bookshelves below.
Like other posters have said, if you are looking to take photos, be patient and wait - people ebb and flow throughout the square giving you ample opportunities. The only challenge I was faced with was the sun as it gave a glare and reflection to the perspex window.
Don't forget to stop and think about what happened here in 1933 though - it really is a very moving place to visit.
I also hear that on the anniversary of the book burning, Humbolt University hold a book sale in the square - which would be a wonderful thing to attend.

Visited September 2011
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