White Lenin

White Lenin

 

A Berlin tourist guide once told me, that the first place he visited with his groups from the USA was the Soviet War Memorial: “So they can see, that in Berlin they can to expect the unexpectable!” In fact, from a Western perspective the monument is quite disconcerting or even a little bit bizarre: The nationalistic pathos and the communist symbolism create a flourishing tribute to Soviet patriotism, which many would not expect to find in the heart of Europe in the 21th Century. Weiterlesen

Lenin in death row

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Vogelsang, the name sounds very poetic and the landscape around this little village in the region of Oberhavel is quite idyllic. The forest with its tall trees could be part of a fairy tale and actually it conceals some hidden surprises. If you walk from Vogelsang heading north you will get to the ruins of a desolate and decaying military area. During the times of the Democratic Republic of Germany it belonged to the soviet army and there were up to 15.000 soldiers and civilians living in these buildings. During the climax of Cold War nuclear missiles were kept in Vogelsang, in order to be able to attack Paris and London, if the situation would get serious. After using this area for almost 40 years, the soviet army abandoned it in 1994. For two decades it served as exotic, alternative and – because of the rest of ammunition that was spread all around the area – totally forbidden – therefor more demanded tourist attraction. Weiterlesen

Lenin or the moon

Vor dem Spielplatz

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BurritoThe relief image is crumbling apart and shows several dirt smudges and fissures. Without nose and with many craters, the supposed human head looks rather like an abstract and imaginative representation of the moon, which would actually fit better with the swings and monkey bars in the background. But in fact it is Lenin, who is standing here at the entrance to the huge park Bürgerheide in the small city of Finsterwalde and keeps watch over the playground. Weiterlesen