I’m told it’s Victorian. Okay, so this is Victorian without bric-a-brac. I can deal.
That was merely a prelude. Where they burn books,
eventually they will also burn people.
~Heinrich Heine, 1820
Designed by Frederick the Great (Friedrich II), the Berlin square known as Bebelplatz was to be a center for the arts and science. It’s often remembered, however, for something much darker.
The Bebelplatz is sometimes best known for what happened there on May 10, 1933. On that date, the Nazi minister for propaganda and public enlightenment, Joseph Goebbels, organized a nationwide book burning, with more than 20,000 books by Jews, Communists, and Pacifists burned on a pyre in the middle of the Bebelplatz. Today, visitors can peer through a glass plate in the ground and view rows of empty bookshelves, a modern monument to that event.
[ This page is part of A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust ]
An Abbreviated History of the Book
Part of a course website on The History of Graphic Design. I’d love to take this course!
Arts & Crafts and the Private Press movement (A really interesting overview of private presses with links to videos and other resources. )
I wish b-bear were here. He’d love this.
B is for Basil assaulted by Bears.
K is for Kate
who was struck with an Axe.
X is for Xerxes devoured by Mice.
Where are all the dead people?
No, that isn’t a postmodern attempt at realized eschatology.
Really, has anybody besides me noticed that people just disappear and are gone? I mean we’ve got a large population going here, but you never see bodies being carted around on the streets, or even coroner’s vehicles.
Somebody is keeping death a big, big secret.
I was told by someone who worked in the hospital morgue that there’s a giant fleet of closed white vans quietly cleaning up throughout the city.
That unidentified van in the lane next to you could be grandma.