Germany: The Book ThiefGörlitzer Untermarkt: The Burning of the Books
Set during WW2, traumatised young orphan Liesel finds comfort in the written word and steals books to read. Meanwhile in the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is kept hidden by her foster parents.
Finding a suitable main location was a challenging task for the filmmakers, as several German city councils turned down the necessary filming permits due to the Nazi symbolism shown in the pivotal scene - the burning of the books.
However, the film-friendly city of Görlitz (also known as 'Görliwood') agreed to host the shoot and allowed the film team to transform the Untermarkt square into a 1940s film set.
The key scenes of the story focus on the burning of books the Nazis declared as degenerate art ('Entartete Kunst').
The city of Görlitz has a long-standing history with cinema, having hosted productions since the 1950s. Around every corner, you literally run into a scene from a movie. Check out our story on Görliwood for some cinematic travel inspiration.
Görlitz, Germany: The Book Thief
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