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Soviet monument on Seelow Heights

It's been quite a long time since I came across a Soviet monument. But last weekend was just wonderful, and I was on the way in Eastern Brandenburg. There you cannot avoid stumbling over these documents of the past. And this one is special: Seelow is the main monument and war cemetery (complemented by a museum nearby) of the Battle of the Seelow heights. During this battle on April 16th-19th, 1945, 70.000 Soviets and 12.000 Germans died when the Red Army with 1.000.000 soldiers, coming from the lowlands near the river Oder (Oderbruch), tried to take the heights around Seelow which were defended by 100.000 Germans. After the Soviet victory, the way to Berlin was open.

 

This bronze soldier (sculptor: Lev Yefimovich Kerbel/Лев Ефимович Кербель) is only the central part of the monument area. There are dozens of graves in front of the soldier. On the side, there's the aforementioned museum and a couple of military device, like a "Katjuscha" rocket launcher and the inevitable T 34.

 

Something new is to be found on the other side of the sculpture. The Russian orthodox church errected a - remarkably simple - wooden cross with the inscription "Детям России от матери церкви" (To the children of Russia by mother Church).

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Taken on March 11, 2007