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The Soviet War Memorial

The Soviet War Memorial
Soviet War Memorial Tiergarten
#About the Soviet Monument Erected After Their Victory

In Tiergarten Park at the center of Berlin, in 1945, a Soviet monument was erected, shortly after the Russian army takeover of Berlin. This is not the only monument that was built to remember the 80,000 Soviet soldiers that died in the battle over Berlin during April and May of 1945. But it is the most impressive of them all.

Photos from that time show the monument surrounded by open space. Following the bombings over Berlin, many of the park’s trees were burnt. The rest of the trees were cut down and burned for heating in the final months of the war.

An interesting fact – during the Cold War, the Soviet soldiers were permitted to maintain an honor guard at the monument, event though the monument was located in British held territory. Soviet soldiers were even permitted to cross over onto the British territory to the monument and pay their respects to the fallen soldiers.

The architect Mikhail Gurevich is the designer of the monument, and nearby are sculptures by artists Vladimir Chigal and Lev Karbel.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NRbuUtMnys
Treptower Park
Treptower Park
#About the South Berlin’s Park

Treptower Park is located on the Spree River bank in the Treptower quarter, in the south Berlin area. It was planned and designed by Gustav Meyer, the head garden engineer of Berlin at the time. It was built in 1878 for the better of the local community, which in itself makes the park innovative and groundbreaking. Why? At the time there weren’t many parks that were open to the public. In Treptower Park there are also special areas dedicated for sport, for the public to enjoy. This is a complete revolution for the consideration of quality of life for the public.

Towards the end of the 19th century, in 1896, a fair was held in the park called the ‘Berlin Trade Fair,’ and in 1958 more than 25,000 rose plants were planted in the gardens, creating a beautiful rose garden with a fountain.

However Treptower Park is most famous because of the war memorial that was built there after victory over Hitler and his government. Foundations for the memorial were laid in 1946, right at the end of World War II. Following this the Soviets decided to build a Soviet memorial instead. A large and impressive monument was built, that was open on 1949 as a part of the park, the size of 100,000 square meters.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41BNMCcVlvQ


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