Ein Lenindenkmal, das keins ist

Eine der überraschendsten Chroniken von Lenindenkmälern in Deutschland ist die des Statuen-Ensembles „Hessendrescher“ in Groß-Gerau. Dieses Werk des Künstlers Mario Derra steht seit 2007 vor dem historischen Rathaus der hessischen Kleinstadt und zeigt fünf Figuren aus der vorindustriellen Zeit: drei Bauern, die Getreide dreschen, und etwas abseits eine Frau mit einem Kind. Bei einem der Drescher sind klar die Gesichtszüge Lenins zu erkennen: Der Anführer der Oktoberrevolution hält den Dreschflegel in die Höhe und wirkt trotz der harten Arbeit entspannt. Vermutlich ahnt er schon, dass bald Schluss mit der Unterdrückung der Landarbeiter sein wird. Weiterlesen

Lenin relief brought back to light

Old photos of the Soviet barracks in Möhlau show a relief with a side portrait of Lenin. For years it was thought to have been lost when the Soviet army left, because the remaining stele was blank. But after a quarter of a century of weathering, the top layer of the stele began to peel away and surprisingly, the red colour of the former monument and the outlines of Lenin’s head appeared, although diffuse and blurred. We immediately set out in the hope of restoring the original relief.

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Lenin and the twelve disciples of the October Revolution

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In a small park in Strausberg there is still standing a stone slab with a relief reminding the Communist Revolution in 1917. It was unveiled in April of 1970 on the occasion of Lenins 100th birthday. Around the central figure of Lenin there is a group of attentive listeners, including some soldiers and seaman recruits. Lenin is surrounded by exactly 12 persons, which could be seen as an allusion to Jesus’ apostles, particularly having in account that the honors to the Soviet hero often show parallel features to the worship of saints and concretely to the representation of Jesus Christ. In reality the image shows the historical meeting on October 23 of 1917 (after the Gregorian calendar), which served as preparation for the revolution. Persecuted by the authorities, Lenin managed to return secretly to Petrograd and met 12 members of the Central Committee of the Bolshevik party, in order to plan the seizure of power. Weiterlesen