On Monday we took a bike tour—oriented ourselves to the city, learned some great history, and came home very wet from the rain. We saw lots, and I am sure that we will show you more in the coming days. For today though, this is the memory that remains.
Humbolt University, where some of the greatest minds have studied.
Here, in 1933, students who had bought into Hitler's propoganda of a true and pure Germany raided the library and stripped the shelves of any books that did not coincide with the German ideal. Piled high in the square, more books from around the city were added. They were all burned.
The art installation in the square allows the passerby to peer into a empty room. Empty shelves. Empty.
One of the authors whose works were burned was a Jewish Poet, Heinrick Heine. Although he wrote with hindsight about the Spanish Inquisition, his words are prophetic:
"Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also." ~ 1834
Further on our bike ride we passed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.