Soviet/East Germany remnants – 2. Soviet World War II memorial in Pankow

The Soviet War Memorial is located in Schönholzer Heide in Pankow. It is the biggest Soviet Cemetery in Europe outside Russia. The structure in is’t arrangement resembles closely the better known Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park. It was built between 1947 and 1949.

 

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Schönholzer Heide
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Soviet War Memorial – the Portal

It stands in Schönholzer Heide – a popular recreational area among Berlin’s inhabitants in the XIX century, turned into a prison-camp for forced laborers by the Nazis in the 1930’s.

 

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Soviet War Memorial – the Obelisk

The War Memorial is a resting place for around 13,000 of 80,000 Russian soldiers, fallen during the battle of Berlin, whose names are written on bronze tiles situated around the monument.

 

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Russian Soldiers graves in Schönholzer Heide

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Russian Soldiers graves in Schönholzer Heide

Two sides of the entrance portal contain large, decorated bronze urns located in an altar, decorated with Soviet-themed stain glass.

 

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The Mausoleum
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Soviet themed stain glass
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Soviet themed stain glass

The main feature of the structure is a 33 meter tall obelisk, with a statue of the Russian Mother embracing a dead soldier in front of it. Names of the fallen officers are written on the monument’s base.

 

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See my other entries on World War II remnants in Berlin:

War Memorial in Treptow: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/27/sovieteast-germany-remnants-1-soviet-world-war-ii-memorial-in-treptow/

Nazi bunker in Mitte: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/05/03/iii-reich-remnants-the-last-hitlers-bunker-in-berlin-reichsbahnbunker-friedrichstrase/

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