If you keep your eyes to the ground when walking through Bebelplatz
near the Gendarmenmarkt
, you won't be able to miss the Memorial to the Nazi Book Burning. The empty bookshelves represent the universities and libraries that were emptied of all "un-German" works and publicly burned in the square on May 10, 1933.
I took this photo in the evening when the room is brightly lit and creates a stark contrast to the black night. The memorial was created by Israeli artist, Micha Ullman
. It's a stark reminder of those terrible times. As people would later learn, the words of Herman Hesse rang true, "Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people."
Another month has rolled around. Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers! Don't forget to take a look here
for more interpretations on this month's theme.
PS: For the moment, I'm posting more often at Halcyon Travels. Stop by and take a look!