The dining selections are fun, the gluhwein is wonderful and the shopping is modern and well rounded. Other bonuses - some markets stay open until the New Year, the market stands themselves are marvels of holiday showpieces, and depending on which markets you wander around you will find an ice skating rink, a toboggan run, acrobats, a 500 meter high Ferris Wheel...
The perhaps oddity of this ceremony is that it was held and organized by the students. Usually a demographic of open-minded individuals, on this night it was the students that had gathered books written by authors that were deemed to be classical liberal, anarchist, socialist, pacifist, communist, Jewish, gay... Any author who's ideals did not line up with those of the Nazi Party.
Set in the cobblestones near the window to the empty bookshelves is this eery-ly all-to-true plaque. Reading a quote from an 1821 play (Almansor) by Heinrich Heine: "Das war ein vorspiel nur, dort wo man bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am ende auch menschen." Translated to English: "Where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people." A heart dropping line of words written more than a hundred years before today's history unraveled.
|Section of Berlin Wall|
The recent past of Berlin is deep and grey but today the city is bright and energized. When passing through the city there are moments of deep realization about the surroundings. But it is a city that is heavily rebuilding to the past that it once knew while artistically enjoying today.