Quotes

In some barracks of the Soviet Army in Germany, apart from monuments in honour of Lenin, some quotes from the revolutionary leader can still be found. Like the statues, busts and reliefs, the inscriptions are also highly endangered and are gradually disappearing as a result of conversion processes, the atmospheric conditions or acts of vandalism. Here are the last remaining quotations of Lenin in former installations of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany:

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In Drögen near Fürstenberg, two Soviet relief walls have endured. On one of them two quotes of Lenin are reproduced. On the front it says: „Impossible to make the country defensible without the greatest heroism of the people, who fearlessly and resolutely realise the great economic overthrows.“

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On the back is Lenin’s head and next to it the sentence „The Party is the spirit, the honour and the conscience of our epoch.“

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KÖTHEN
At the former airfield in Köthen, the following sentence of Lenin’s is inscribed on the façade of a hangar: „Our maxim is to learn the military seriously.“

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VOGELSANG
In the school of the military facility in Vogelsang, one can also still find a quote by the Soviet revolutionary. The beginning of the sentence has now unfortunately disappeared: „The human mind has discovered many special things in nature and will open up even more, increasing its power over them.“ Photos from 2015 and 2020:

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PÜTNITZ
In a hall of the military airport in Pütnitz (Ribnitz-Damgarten) a Leninian slogan has been preserved: “ The one who has the best technique, organisation, discipline and machinery wins.“

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In a theatre or conference room of the former airfield still hangs a motto by Lenin: „Learn military affairs – in a serious way.“  

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MÖHLAU
At the barracks in Möhlau, above a door in an office building, there is a quote from Lenin on red cloth: „To win, you need iron military discipline.“

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Two other sentences by the communist leader on the Möhlau site have meanwhile disappeared: „Art belongs to the people“ hung in the theatre, which was completely burnt down. It was an exerpt from a reflection by Lenin on art and the masses: „Art belongs to the people. It must have its deepest roots in the thickness of the broad working masses. It must be understood by the masses and loved by them.“

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On the now badly deteriorated relief-wall next to the theatre building was another motto of the founder of the Soviet Union: „In the army the strictest discipline is required.“

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