Ernst Thälmann Monument, Berlin

The Berlin wall fell down in november 1989, more than 25 years ago.
Eversince the people of Berlin have tried to get rid of the symbols of the communist dictatorship that ruled the east of Germany for so many years. The result is that statues and other monuments in honor of the leading figures of socialism are rare these days. But seek and thou shalt find…

One of the less known yet very impressive communist remains in Berlin is the Ernst Thälmann Monument in the Prenzlauer Berg district. It’s not very likely that You would stumble upon this monument by accident because it is located outside the regular tourist area’s.

Ernst Thälmannn was the chairman of the German communist party from 1925 to 1933. In 1933 he was arrested by the Nazi’s. After 11 years of captivity he was executed in 1944. His monument in Berlin is impressive, to say the least. Earlier plans to tear it down have been abandoned.

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When You walk on Greifswalder Straße to the north, pass the Danziger Straße and look to the left, You will be in awe because of the sheer size and ugliness of the Ernst Thälmann Monument. But any connoisseur of bad taste will surely appreciate this monstrosity.