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07.13.03, sunday night

The Silent Library in Berlin, August 2001. Built in commemoration of the 1933 Nazi-organized burning of over 20,000 decadent, “un-German” books, it consists of empty book shelves sunk into the ground, visible through a pane of glass. AKA The Submerged Library. So simple you could almost miss it, unless a tour guide pointed it out or you wandered into the Bebelplatz at night.

On a plaque nearby, poet Heinrich Heine warns, “This is just the beginning. Wherever books are burned, people are burned too.”

According to casual research, the city plans to convert the Silent Library into a parking garage.


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