There are shelves full of books - exactly at the place where the Nazis held their first big book burning in 1933. The fire marks the beginning of the systematic persecution of authors regarded as Jewish, Marxist or critical.
Germany is lagging behind the fast-paced digitization happening in places like the Baltic states, with libraries in Latvia and Lithuania playing a leading role in the digital preservation of cultural heritage.
Twenty years after signing a global agreement to return art looted by the Nazis, Germany is accused of doing "far too little." The Berlin government recently tripled its funding for the ownership analysis of paintings.
It's not just Germans who know the "little yellow books" of classic literature. From South Africa to the US, Reclam publisher's paperbacks are unmistakable symbols of German culture — and they now have their own museum.
The Roman historian Tacitus noted that forests were a central part of German culture and identity. As activists continue to occupy the Hambach Forest, they are standing up for a national cultural icon.
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