Photo by Gundula Friese
Soviet War Memorials
Filmed: March/December 2017; February 2018
Location: Treptower Park, Tiergarten, Volkspark Schönholzer Heide
About the video
Visiting this site with Holger, who had grown up in East Berlin and Gundula, who also grew up in East Germany, gave a new perspective on the history of the Soviets in Germany and Berlin. Millions of Soviet citizens lost their lives during World War II. This is something I do not recall learning in history classes. I wonder if it was even written about or if it was overshadowed by writings on the perceived evils of communism and the Soviet system.
Seeing the monuments and hearing the history put a human face on this harsh part of historical reality; the battle for Soviet sovereignty and fight against the Third Reich.
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