Larger-than-life bronze sculpture of a Red Army soldier in battle gear with a fixed bayonet, standing on the central column of a gate, flanked by six columns symbolizing the arms of the services. The names of the military units involved in the liberation of Berlin are engraved on these granite-covered columns.
в боях с немецко
за свободу и
den helden die
in den kämpfen
mit den deutsch
für die freiheit
keit der sowjet
who fell in the
for the freedom
of the Soviet Union
This memorial in honor of the Soviet soldiers who died in the Second World War was inaugurated already in November 1945 with a parade by the Allied armed forces. Lew Kerbel designed it together with the Soviet sculptor Vladimir Zigal and the architect Nikolai Sergijevski, and marble and granite from Hitler's "new Reich chancellery" were allegedly used in its construction.
Two Soviet soldiers formed a guard of honor at the memorial until 1990. The memorial has since been classified as a historical monument, and Berlin's police department is responsible for its protection today.
- Lev Yefimovich Kerbel' - Лев Ефимович Кербель (Sumy 1917 - Moscow 2003), Russian sculptor of Soviet realist works (Wikipedia).
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Location (N 52°30'59" - E 13°22'19")
Item Code: debe038; Photograph: 10 August 2013
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