Strausberg’s Lenin in Trebus

In the year of 2015 a typical scene from the period immediately after the German reunification was seen again in the city of Strausberg: A Lenin-statue being lifted by a crane truck, in order to prepare its removal. The sculpture had been lying in the backyard of the Museum for Local History since 1991, covered by a black plastic. The German Communist Party had proposed its re-erection, but neither the mayor nor the director of the museum were convinced of the idea. Instead, they decided to give the statue to the cultural association “IFA-Freunde Trebus” (from the city of Fürstenwalde), in order to be exposed together with a collection of cars and everyday objects from the GDR. Weiterlesen


Lenin am Matrosendenkmal

Nur fünfzehn Minuten Fußweg vom Rostocker Stadthafen entfernt steht eines der imposantesten revolutionären Denkmäler Deutschlands. Es handelt sich um die in Erinnerung an die Novemberrevolution von 1918 errichtete „Gedenkstätte revolutionärer Matrosen“. Der Kieler Matrosenaufstand hatte damals die Revolution ausgelöst, die zum Sturz der Monarchie im Deutschen Reich und der Gründung einer parlamentarischen Demokratie („Weimarer Republik“) führte. Das Denkmal besteht aus zwei Teilen: eine zwanzig Meter lange Reliefwand mit Szenen der internationalen Arbeiterbewegung und eine neun Meter hohe Bronzeskulptur zweier Matrosen in Angriffsposition. Weiterlesen

Lenin at the Sailors Monument

Only fifteen minutes walk from the Rostock city harbour lies one of the most impressive revolutionary monuments in Germany. It’s the „memorial of revolutionary sailors“ erected in honour of the 1918-November Revolution. The sailors‘ uprising in Kiel was the beginning of the revolution that led to the fall of the monarchy in the German Reich and the foundation of a parliamentary democracy („Weimar Republic“). Rostock’s monument consists of two parts: a twenty-metre-long relief wall with scenes of the international labour movement and a nine-metre-high bronze sculpture of two sailors in attacking position. Weiterlesen

Vogelsang’s Lenin saved from demolition

After the Red Army left its base in Vogelsang, Brandenburg, the abandoned barracks turned into a popular destination for photographers and adventurous tourists. The main attraction was the large mural with a Lenin relief between the old café and the officers‘ house. However, a few years ago, following the decision to renaturalize the area, the demolition of the entire military complex began, which also endangered the Lenin Monument. But finally the monument to the Communist revolutionary was saved in spring of 2017 and taken to Wünsdorf, being placed in front of a museum. Weiterlesen

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

Lenins spektakuläres Comeback

Die Chronik des Lenindenkmals im sächsischen Großenhain ähnelt dem Plot eines Hollywoodfilms. Nach der Wende wurde der 4,80 Meter hohe und über zehn Tonnen schwere Betonblock nämlich in einer Nacht und Nebel Aktion abgebaut und versteckt, um ihn vor einer möglichen Zerstörung zu retten. 25 Jahre lang galt das kolossale Denkmal als verschwunden, bis es jetzt wieder auftauchte und angesichts seines kunsthistorischen Werts vor dem örtlichen Bunker-Museum aufgestellt wurde. Weiterlesen

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

Lenin and the victims of fascism

During my investigation about German Lenin-monuments, the name of Sassnitz often appeared in different documents and lists. In April of 1917 Lenin had spent a night in this East-German harbour-city, before taking a boat to Sweden in order to continue his trip to Russia. On the occasion of this historical episode, a memorial stone, a bust and a small museum in honour of Lenin were erected in Sassnitz during the 60s and 70s. Weiterlesen