Post-apocalyptic view

The abandoned airfield in Wittstock an der Dosse presents a contrasting scene: Lenin is standing at the lectern in a Statesmanly pose, but he is covered with fissures and moss. His head is smashed. In the background is a red brick building erected by the Wehrmacht with broken windows and crumbling walls. A time document of the last 100 years of German history in the form of a post-apocalyptic setting. Weiterlesen

Drei Leninorden an der Theaterfassade

Durch die sperrangelweit offenen Türen gelangt man problemlos ins Theatergebäude der ehemaligen Munitionsanstalt Kapen, wo in der Nachkriegszeit sowjetische Truppen stationiert waren. Der Saal ist dunkel und staubig. Vom alten Holzboden sind nur ein paar Bretter übrig. Die Bühne ist komplett verschwunden. Bei diesem Anblick fällt es einem schwer, sich die glamourösen Abendveranstaltungen vergangener Zeiten vorzustellen. Die einzige Spur der Sowjets befindet sich an der Außenfassade, an der noch einige gemalte Embleme erhalten sind. Auch Lenin ist dort vorzufinden. Weiterlesen

Lenin in the Olympic Village

The Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 were held during the Nazi regime and the National Socialist regime used them to project a positive, modern image of itself. The Olympic Stadium in Berlin-Westend was built for the sporting competitions and 18 kilometres to the west, in the Brandenburg Elstal, the accommodation for the international athletes was erected. 80 years have passed and now part of the rotten complex of the Olympic Village is being redeveloped into luxury flats, while the rest is left to decay. Among the abandoned buildings is the Hindenburghaus, named in honour of the former Field Marshal and President of the Reich, a cultural centre where a Lenin mural can still be found today. And of course, one might ask how this Lenin painting came to be placed in a sports complex built by the Nazis. Weiterlesen

Leninrelief zum Vorschein gebracht

Auf alten Fotos der sowjetischen Kaserne in Möhlau ist ein Relief mit einem Seitenporträt Lenins zu sehen. Jahre lang dachte man, es sei beim Abzug der Sowjetarmee verloren gegangen, denn die zurückgebliebene Stele war leer. Doch nach einem Vierteljahrhundert der Witterung begann sich die Deckschicht der Stele zu lösen und siehe da: Überraschenderweise erschienen, wenn auch diffus und verschwommen, die rote Farbe des einstigen Denkmals und die Umrisse von Lenins Kopf. Wir machten uns sofort auf den Weg dahin, in der Hoffnung, das originale Relief wiederherstellen zu können. Weiterlesen

Mural renovated and extended in graffiti style

While exploring abandoned objects one constantly comes across graffiti, tags and other works of „street art„. They have become part of the unique landscape of abandoned places. However, they rarely have a concrete connection to the historical sites in which they are located and many visitors tend to perceive them as foreign bodies or disturbing elements. An exception can be seen in Möhlau, where a graffiti artist first renovated a monumental Lenin mural of the Soviet army, only to expand it with a stylized Soviet flag. Weiterlesen

The hidden mural

On the former airfield in Sperenberg (Brandenburg) there is still a flaking Soviet mural with Lenin inside an abandoned building. It is a difficult discovery even for experienced Urbex explorers, because the corridor to the room can only be reached through a small hole in a wall. But first you have to find the right building in this vast ghost town. Weiterlesen

Pale memory

Once hundreds of neat soldiers of the Soviet Army marched here past the tribune of honour and the two freshly painted murals. Today, however, this is only a pale memory of times past. As pale as the colour of the two Soviet steles: One shows a Red Army soldier, the other Lenin. Although the Soviet revolutionary leader has been abandoned for almost 30 years, his stony gaze and charisma still remain on the former parade trail. Weiterlesen