The Soviet War Memorial is a massive war cemetery, nestled among the green leafy parklands of Tiergarten, not far from the Brandenburg Gate.
Strolling through the gardens, it is surprising to come across the sheer scale of the monument to the Soviet Troops who fell during the second world war. Today it is a place of great peace and reverence.
The centrepiece of the memorial is a towering statue of a young Soviet soldier. He is holding a German child, while his sword rests on a broken swastika, symbolising the fall of Nazi Germany.
Sixteen stone sarcophoghi line a vast open space, each representing a Soviet republic. Decorated with military reliefs, they are engraved in gold with Stalin quotes, German on one side, Russian on the other. As we strolled along the memorial, my German speaking son was able to roughly translate a number of the inscriptions for me.
Unveiled in 1949, the largest Soviet memorial outside the Soviet Union commemorates around 80,000 members of the Soviet forces who fell during the final days of the Battle of Berlin. The monument is maintained today under the terms of the reunification treaty
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