Residents save Lenin-monument

In the small city of Bützow in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern there is still a street named “Leninring”, where a commemorative stone dedicated to the founder of the Soviet Union can be found. The monument stands in front of an apartment block with the typical Socialist architecture style and is in bad shape, partially overgrown with moss. But nevertheless the Communist revolutionary still seems to matter to the residents, who in the year 2011 rebelled against a proposal of the local CDU, to change the name of the street (which would also have meant the demolition of the memorial stone). Weiterlesen


At the Gate to the north

Gekritzel at night


Porto1The train, which left Zurich the 9th of April 1917, returning a group of Russian socialists, which were living in exile, back to their home country is one of the most important happenings in the 20th century history: This was the train, which took Lenin to Russia, where he would use the politic instability in order to put into practice his revolutionary plans, prepared for year in the libraries and political circles of Zurich. This train crossed Germany from the Swiss border to Sassnitz, where it was loaded on a ferry boat and driven to Sweden, from where ir would finally head towards Petrograd (today St. Petersburg). The Austrian author Stefan Zweig wrote a short-story about this historical episode, which is part of his book Sternstunden der Menschheit. Weiterlesen