This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Germany: Historic Lenin head statue from GDR on display at Spandau Museum02:31

Germany: Historic Lenin head statue from GDR on display at Spandau Museum

Germany, Berlin
April 27, 2016 at 12:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

The head of what was once a 19-metre tall (62 ft) statue of the former head of Soviet Russia Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, was finally unveiled at the Historical Museum in the former Spandau Citadel in Berlin, Wednesday, after it was excavated from a forest south-east of the German capital last year.

According to the Head of the Spandau Historical Museum, Andrea Theissen, after the German reunification in 1990, most of the Communist and Socialist monuments in East Germany were either dismantled or buried including the Lenin statue.

The 1.7-metre high (five ft) head of the Soviet leader, together with around 120 parts of the granite statue, remained buried for over 20 years after former Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen ordered its removal from an East Berlin square in 1991. The statue was inaugurated in 1970 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth.

The Head of Lenin monument is part of the "Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments" project which includes around 100 statues. The exhibition will open its doors to the public on Friday and will become a permanent part of the museum collection.

Germany: Historic Lenin head statue from GDR on display at Spandau Museum02:31
No Account? Sign up!
Description

The head of what was once a 19-metre tall (62 ft) statue of the former head of Soviet Russia Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, was finally unveiled at the Historical Museum in the former Spandau Citadel in Berlin, Wednesday, after it was excavated from a forest south-east of the German capital last year.

According to the Head of the Spandau Historical Museum, Andrea Theissen, after the German reunification in 1990, most of the Communist and Socialist monuments in East Germany were either dismantled or buried including the Lenin statue.

The 1.7-metre high (five ft) head of the Soviet leader, together with around 120 parts of the granite statue, remained buried for over 20 years after former Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen ordered its removal from an East Berlin square in 1991. The statue was inaugurated in 1970 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth.

The Head of Lenin monument is part of the "Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments" project which includes around 100 statues. The exhibition will open its doors to the public on Friday and will become a permanent part of the museum collection.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
Pool for subscribers only
02:14
Myanmar: Gunshots heard at mass anti-coup protest in YangonMyanmar: Gunshots heard at mass anti-coup protest in Yangon
February 28, 2021 at 22:43 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:49
ISS: NASA astronauts perform spacewalk to begin solar array upgrade processISS: NASA astronauts perform spacewalk to begin solar array upgrade process
February 28, 2021 at 20:10 GMT +00:00
04:23
Japan: ‘Mizugyo’ ritual participants purify bodies under freezing waterJapan: ‘Mizugyo’ ritual participants purify bodies under freezing water
March 1, 2021 at 02:01 GMT +00:00
01:26
Syria: Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus - state mediaSyria: Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus - state media
March 1, 2021 at 06:49 GMT +00:00
01:22
France: Sarkozy arrives in court to face verdict in corruption trialFrance: Sarkozy arrives in court to face verdict in corruption trial
March 1, 2021 at 12:55 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:23
Sudan: Russian frigate enters Port Sudan for first timeSudan: Russian frigate enters Port Sudan for first time
February 28, 2021 at 20:30 GMT +00:00
02:41
Israel: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews flout COVID restrix to celebrate Purim on streets of JerusalemIsrael: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews flout COVID restrix to celebrate Purim on streets of Jerusalem
February 28, 2021 at 18:16 GMT +00:00
00:59
France: Sarkozy leaves court after corruption verdictFrance: Sarkozy leaves court after corruption verdict
March 1, 2021 at 13:31 GMT +00:00
02:59
Thailand: Protester injured as thousands join anti-govt march to PM's army base home in BangkokThailand: Protester injured as thousands join anti-govt march to PM's army base home in Bangkok
February 28, 2021 at 17:24 GMT +00:00
02:24
Germany: Dortmund hair salon reopens at midnight as COVID restrictions easedGermany: Dortmund hair salon reopens at midnight as COVID restrictions eased
March 1, 2021 at 04:46 GMT +00:00
03:25
Netherlands: Police break up rally by hundreds of COVID sceptics in AmsterdamNetherlands: Police break up rally by hundreds of COVID sceptics in Amsterdam
February 28, 2021 at 21:48 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:51
Italy: Archaeologists discover ancient Roman processional chariot near PompeiiItaly: Archaeologists discover ancient Roman processional chariot near Pompeii
February 28, 2021 at 11:28 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:55
Antarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice ShelfAntarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice Shelf
February 28, 2021 at 06:10 GMT +00:00
01:49
Armenia: Opposition accuse authorities of 'provocation attempts' during Yerevan rallyArmenia: Opposition accuse authorities of 'provocation attempts' during Yerevan rally
February 27, 2021 at 19:23 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:56
Armenia: PM Pashinyan labels presidents's decision not to fire head of General Staff as 'strange'Armenia: PM Pashinyan labels presidents's decision not to fire head of General Staff as 'strange'
February 28, 2021 at 17:49 GMT +00:00
05:58
Japan: Uni researchers find water from hot springs kills coronavirus in KusatsuJapan: Uni researchers find water from hot springs kills coronavirus in Kusatsu
February 28, 2021 at 15:31 GMT +00:00
04:35
Peruvian footballer Osama Vinladen proves that name shouldn't define his careerPeruvian footballer Osama Vinladen proves that name shouldn't define his career
March 1, 2021 at 06:07 GMT +00:00
View all videos