Soviet Cenotaph, Berlin

Wednesday, 14th December 2005 by

This is the Soviet Cenotaph in Treptower Park, Berlin. It was built under orders from Stalin to serve as a memorial to the 20,000 Soviet soldiers that died during the Battle of Berlin in 1945, and features a 13 metre-tall statue of a Russian soldier holding a child and a sword, standing over a broken swastika.

Supposedly the statue reflects an occasion when a Soviet soldier saved a German girl - and it still stands today due to the German agreement that it would retain all Soviet war-memorials in perpetuity, as a condition for the reunification of the divided country.

The Wikipedia page is a little empty, but has an excellent pictorial tour of the memorial.

Thanks to Peter.