Lenin in the Communist Curve

In the course of our documentation of all German monuments to Lenin, it became increasingly clear that despite the frenetic destruction of all leftovers from the GDR in the early 1990s, the Soviet revolutionary hero can still be found in the most unexpected places. This is also the case at Seepark Lünen, a 63-hectare green space in the Ruhr region. When the recreation area was created in 1996 as part of the National Garden Exhibition, nine Soviet monuments that had landed in Lünen by chance were also erected. To the present day, they stand there as an unconventional tourist attraction. Weiterlesen

Postapokalyptische Ansicht

Auf dem verlassenen Flugplatz in Wittstock an der Dosse ist ein kontrastreiches Bild vorzufinden: Lenin steht in staatsmännischer Pose am Rednerpult, ist jedoch von Rissen und Flechten bedeckt. Sein Haupt ist zertrümmert. Im Hintergrund steht ein von der Wehrmacht errichtetes Gebäude aus rotem Backstein mit eingeschlagenen Fenstern und bröckelnden Wänden. Ein Zeitdokument der letzten 100 Jahre deutscher Geschichte in Form einer postapokalyptischen Kulisse. Weiterlesen

The Lenin Stele from the Special Armaments Camp

Many Lenin monuments on abandoned Soviet sites are highly endangered. Despite their historical value as authentic contemporary documents of the Soviet Army in Germany, there is usually a lack of people or institutions as well as financial resources to ensure their protection. Therefore, every rescue of such a monument deserves to be celebrated. The last one to be saved is the 3-ton Lenin Stele from Himmelpforter Heide, which is now at the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst, where it will soon be re-erected. Weiterlesen

Lenin in the Officers‘ House

In contrast to other Soviet Army sites that today are crumbling apart, the Officers‘ House in Brandenburg an der Havel is in a perfect state of preservation. The association „Jugendkulturfabrik“ is based there and uses the facilities for cultural events. The history of the house and especially the Soviet period is not forgotten, but deliberately emphasized, so that Lenin is also still a present figure. Weiterlesen

Three Orders of Lenin on the theatre façade

Through the doors, which are wide open, one easily enters the theatre building of the former ammunition depot in Kapen, where Soviet troops were stationed in the post-war period. The auditorium is dark and dusty. Only a few boards are left of the old wooden floor. The stage has completely disappeared. At this sight, it is difficult to imagine the glamorous evening events of past times. The only trace of the Soviets is on the outer façade, where a few small painted emblems still remain. Lenin can also be found there. Weiterlesen

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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Wandbild saniert und in Graffitistil erweitert

Bei der Erkundung von verwahrlosten Objekten stößt man ständig auf Graffiti, Tags und weitere Werke der „Street Art“. Sie sind inzwischen ein Teil der einzigartigen Landschaft von verlassenen Orten geworden. Allerdings stehen sie selten in einem konkreten Zusammenhang zu den historischen Anlagen, in denen sie sich befinden und werden von vielen Besuchern eher als Fremdkörper oder Störelemente wahrgenommen. Eine Ausnahme kann man in Möhlau sehen, wo ein Graffitikünstler zunächst ein monumentales Lenin-Wandbild der Sowjetarmee saniert hat, um es dann durch eine stilisierte sowjetische Fahne zu erweitern. Weiterlesen