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The Infamous Square

The Bebelplatz's historic significance in Berlin is weighty: this is where the Nazi book burning of 5/10/33 took place under the authority of Goebbels. In total, around 20,000 books were destroyed, including pieces by Mann, Remarque, Heine, Marx, and any author who could have been deemed "subversive" to the party's goals. Today, a memorial in the square commemorates the loss of such knowledge; a square glass pane in the ground looks down upon a white washed, stark room filled with empty bookcases. It sends home a chilling message about the power of propaganda and destruction.

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