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Russian Memorial Columns 1940 - 1945

The Soviet occupation authorities placed two memorial columns at the entrance to the monument and the graves of the soldiers in late 1945. The left column has the Russian inscription "1941 Tribute ". On the right column it says "1945, you will not forget the home front". The dates represent the beginning and end of Nazi Germany's war of aggression against the Soviet Union. The Soviet symbols of star, hammer and sickle are above the dates.
When the GDR erected the monument in 1972, the left column was moved to its current location.

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  • Text: Bert Deelman
  • Photos: Bert Deelman