Standing leisurely in the German city of Schwerin is a towering, 13-foot tall bronze statue of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, a remnant of the country’s divided past, one that may Germans are aggressively ready to forget.
After World War II, Germany was in every way a country divided. The German Democratic Republic (GDR), a Soviet-backed (and tacitly operated) state, occupied East Germany, while the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) populated West Germany. During this period, a number of monuments dedicated to Soviet interests were erected in East Germany, mainly represented by homages to Lenin. When the wall fell, and German reunification saw the FRG become the ruling party, pushing out the Communist era that many remember as brutal and criminal. The Soviet effigies that remained were quickly torn down, and in the case of one famous Lenin statue that once stood in Berlin, buried in an unmarked grave.
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