Monument to Victims of Communism, Prague
Located at the base of Petrin Hill on Ujezd Street in Mala Strana is where I found the "Victims of Communism Memorial," dedicated to the victims of the Communist era between 1948-1989.
I doubt if anybody could not look at these statues without feeling some kind of sadness.
There are 7 statues, each with some kind of damage to their body, all with terrible expressions on their faces. The last statue has hardly any of his body left! Running through the center of the stairs where the statues are located, is a bronze strip which tells of the people killed, incarcerated or exiled because of the Communist regime.
This Memorial is meant to make you think about the horror of Communism, something I think it does very well.
We weren't here at night when they are lit, I imagine looking at them would be quite eerie!
The Memorial was unveiled on May 22, 2002, and is the work of Olbram Zoubek, a famous Czech sculptor.
This memorial is very good symbolic show of how communism (or other form of ideological or anti-democratic form) was destroying personalities, their unique view to the World, freedom.
It was opened for public eyes in 2002. The creators of monument were Czech sculptor Olbram Zouber, architects Jan Kerel and Zdene Hoelzel. The monument represent destruction of a man figure, on one stair figure is full, but parts of it more and more are disappearing when moving to other stairs.
I should say it is one of my most favorite monuments I have even seen. It is located just nearby popular entrance to Petrin Hill.
Lest anyone forget Communism was NOT a noble experiment that could have worked if people weren't so selfish, the Czechs constructed this monument. Just as we all do the Holocaust, civilized humans need to remember the horrors of ALL forms of totalitarianism and subjugation of the individual to the collective -- be it in the name of "Society", or of "Nation," or of anything else -- lest the abominations of the past come to life (or should I say, death) again. This monument hits the mark with its depiction of individuals withering away into nothingness.
You see on the picture – they don’t look like people…This memorial is dedicated to all victims of communism. As it’s written on the stone – not only to those who were jailed and executed but also to those whose lives were destroyed and ruined by totalitarian despotism.
The memorial was put up in 2002. The plaque next to the statue reads "The memorial to the victims of communism is dedicated to all victims, not only those who were jailed or executed but also those whose lives were ruined by totalitarian despotism.
I was looking for the monument to Jan Palach, the student who set fire to himself in 1968 after the tanks crushed the Prague Spring. That memorial is elsewhere and I never found it, but this simple plaque, where people place stones and candles, is very moving.
The small plaque in Wencelas Square, commemorating the victims of communism, including Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on the steps of the National Museum.