Soviet War Memorial, Berlin

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    Soviet Memorial Schönholzer Heide

    by alancollins Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    This is the third Soviet Memorial and cemetery in Berlin and the least known. Located in the district of Pankow it takes more of an effort to get to the memorial than the other two. I actually stayed at a hotel in Pankow and the receptionist had never heard of this memorial though he was local to the area. During the war the location of the memorial was a large forced labour camp.
    From the main road there is a tree lined avenue that leads to 2 red granite corner towers and the entrance to the memorial. The memorial contains the remains of 13,200 troops who died in the battle for Berlin including 100 women only one fifth of the bodies could be identified and those names are on plaques around the memorial. The memorial took 30 months to complete starting in May 1947 and was finished in November 1949. It was designed by Soviet Architects K.A. Solowjow, M.D. Belawenzew und W.D. Koroljow and the sculptor G. Perschudtschew.The memorial has been closed for 2 years and re-opened in August 2013 after a 10 million euro renovation.

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    Soviet War Memorial-Tiergarden

    by alancollins Updated Aug 25, 2012

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    This was the first Soviet War Memorial to be completed after WW2 and is the final resting place of 2,500 Soviet troops. When it was first completed it stood in a wasteland as the Tiergarten had been destroyed by bombing, the fighting and what was left was taken as firewood. It the most well known of the Soviet war memorials as it’s within walking distance of the Brandenburg Gate. It was built in the British section of Berlin and was guarded by Soviet troops 24/7 until reunification. The curved structure is lined with marble taken from the Reich Chancellery and is flanked with two T34 tanks said to be the first to reach Berlin in April 1945 and 2 artillery pieces. Behind the memorial there is a small outdoor museum. On the 8th May each year there are a wreath laying ceremonies and the memorial is a sight of pilgramage for war veterans from the former Soviet Union.

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    Sowjetisches Ehrenmal (Soviet War Memorial)

    by AnnS Written Feb 14, 2007

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    Very close to the Brandenburg Gate, just inside the Tiergarten, is a large and impressive memorial, erected by the Soviet Union in November 1945 to commemorate the many thousands of Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May of that year.

    In the centre is a large marble column on the top of which stands a bronze statue of a Soviet soldier. The site is also a cemetry for the Soviet casualties.

    On either side of the neat gardens that surround the monument are two Soviet tanks - the first to enter the city in World War II.

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    Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten

    by dlandt Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    Near the Brandenburger Tor is the Soviet War Memorial. Quite prominent to the eye, there isn't a whole lot for a tourist to see here. There are eight or ten small placards with pictures and some brief history, as well as the flora of the park itself, but nothing spectacular aside from the pair of T-34s standing guard at the gates and a couple of old cannon.

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    Soviet War Memorial

    by Jagermeister Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    This is a beautiful memorial to fallen Soviet unknown soldiers of WW2. As with all things Soviet, it is a huge collection of monuments. The memorial is in Treptow Park area of southeast Berlin. There were very few tourists there, so it feels almost as if it is a hidden treasure of Berlin. Check it out.

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