Dresden: Lenin statue given away, mural restored

In 1974 Dresden received the second largest German Lenin statue, a 120-ton monument in red granite showing Lenin marching forward followed by two comrades. After the fall of Communism, the statue was removed from its former location and given to the private collection of an art collector from southern Germany, where it still stands today, dismantled into many pieces. The mural „The Path of the Red Flag“, which was made between 1968 and 1969 and depicts Lenin among other communist thinkers and revolutionaries, had a better luck: The thirty-metre long and ten-metre high work of art was put under protection and recently completely restaured. It is now shining in all its splendour again right in the centre of Dresden. Weiterlesen

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Lenin’s spectacular comeback

The chronicle of the Lenin-monument in Großenhain in Sachsen resembles the plot of a Hollywood film. After the German reunification, the 4,80-metre-high concrete block weighing over ten tonnes was dismantled and hidden in a secret operation with the intention of preserving it from a possible destruction. For 25 years, the colossal monument was considered „disappeared“ until its surprising comeback in 2017 to be re-erected in front of the local Bunker Museum. Weiterlesen

Visiting Karl Marx

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In June 1990 the city of Chemnitz, which had been renamed to Karl-Marx-Stadt in the 50s, got back its former name. Nevertheless, Karl Marx is still nowadays one of the biggest icons in the city’s landscape, especially because of the 7,10 meter high bust standing in front of a giant panel where translations into different languages of the famous sentence from the Communist Manifest: “Workers of the world, unite!” are placed. It is the second biggest bust in the world, only surpassed by the sculpture of Lenin’s head in the Russian city of Ulan-Ude. Besides this, in Chemnitz there are still some other Socialist monuments to see: Walking through the streets, one can meet Engels, Thälmann, German antifascist soldiers, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, and also Lenin. Weiterlesen

Lenin stays

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While many of the last monuments dedicated to Lenin in Germany are in danger of being demolished or crumbling away in front of an abandoned barrack, the Lenin in Riesa has guaranteed a safe and well-tended existence. Since 1991, when the figure was moved into the little park next to some Soviet war graves, there is no longer any threat. It can stay there as heroic sentry and enjoy the sun and fresh air. Analyzing the statue, one could think, that behind the iron expression there is a light smile on Lenin’s face: Probably he is just glad about the ironic and happy end of the story of his overhasty removal from the former Lenin Square. Weiterlesen

A city free of Lenin?

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Die Tafel ist wegAfter his bust was removed from the congress center, Leipzig still had some panels reminding of Lenins stops in this city between 1900 and 1914, engineering his revolutionary ideas and plans. But now the boards that pointed out the spots, in which Lenin used to work and celebrate meetings in Leipzig, also disappeared. Leipzig is officially a Lenin-free-city (again, after many decades). Weiterlesen