The Soviet memorials in Berlin and democratic society
There are now three large memorials in Berlin for Soviet soldiers who died in battle. There is no question that Germany preserves and maintains these gravesites, especially since this was agreed in the withdrawal agreement. And yet dealing with this victorious aesthetic is difficult.
How should Ukrainians feel when they read on the monument in the Schönholzer Heide that the Red Army was “raised in the spirit of respect for the rights of other peoples” and have to note that this quote comes from Stalin, who was for the was responsible for millions of Ukrainians starving to death. How should people deal with a culture of remembrance that has itself already become a part of history?
- Dr. Jörg Morré, director of the Berlin-Karlshorst Museum, Berlin
- Dr. Tatiana Timofeeva, historian, Frankfurt (Oder)
- Andreas Otto, member of the Berlin House of Representatives for Alliance 90/The Greens, Berlin
Dr. Stefan Wolle, Scientific Director of the DDR Museum, Berlin
(Program in German)