Soviet war memorial in Tiergarten
strasse des 17 juni, Berlin, Germany
Soviet war memorial in Tiergarten Berlin Reviews
Soviet war memorial in Tiergarten Sep 17, 2012
There are a few Soviet memorial from the World War II in Berlin - but the one most people will see is the one located just a few hundred meters from the Brandenburger Tor in the middle of the Tiergarten. The memorial was constructed just after the war in 1945 and the original photos of the memorial shows it in the middle of a bunch of rubble since the area around the memorial was badly bombed during the war - and the park wasn’t reconstructed until later.
The memorial was located in the British sector of Berlin - but even during the cold war the Soviet Union was allowed to send troops to stand as honor guard at the memorial. During this period the monument were far from loved by the people of West Berlin and it had to be guarded by British troops to protect it against harm - even despite these precautions a German neo-Nazi managed to shot and wound one of the Soviet honor guards in 1970. Even till this day the monument generate some hatred in parts of the German population and just before the day marking Victory in Europe in 2010 the monument were vandalized which caused the Russian to send an official protest to the Germans for their failure to protect the monument.
In addition to the monumental structure and the two T-34 tanks guarding the entrance to the monument it also serves as a graveyard for about 2.000 thousands Soviet troops who feel during the Battle of Berlin at the end of World War II.
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