Memorial in memory of the burning of books

Berlin, Germany

Memorial in memory of the burning of books

The memorial in memory of the burning of books ("The Empty Library") is located on the Bebelplatz in the centre of Berlin next to the Unter den Linden. The memorial commemorates the 10th of May 1933, when students of the National Socialist Student Union and many professors of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (today Humboldt-Universität) under the musical accompaniment of SA- and SS-Kapellen, burnt over 20,000 books from many, mainly Jewish, communist, liberal and social-critical authors, before a large audience at the university's Old Library and in the middle of the former Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Platz (1911–1947), now Bebelplatz.