11 September, 2010


This plaque is laid in the ground at  Bebelplatz in Berlin, the historic site of the Nazi book burning. Nearby is a small glass-covered chamber that descends into the ground, like an up-right coffin. All that is inside are empty bookshelves.

On the plaque is a quote from 1820 by the German Jewish poet, Heinrich Heine. It reads, "That was only a preview, where man burns books, in the end he also burns men." (my translation)

Something to keep in mind, in these days filled with anger.

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