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Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni

The Soviet War Memorial was erected in 1945 in the British Sector of West Berlin to commemorate the Soviet soldiers who fell during the war.

The Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

The soldier on the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

In the background on the right hand side of the next photo you can The Reichstag, the German parliament building.

The Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin and in the background the Reichstag

A cannon and tank seemingly guard the monument, presumably from the hordes of tourists, the traffic on Strasse des 17 Juni and picnickers and nudists in the Tiergarten.

A cannon at the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

A tank at the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

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3 Responses to Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni

  1. andreashesse 18 June, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    a place extremely full of grief and sadness. At the same time, in the middle of Berlin’s symbol of living on – the tiergarten. Nice pictures :)

  2. fotoeins 24 June, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    During the “Mauerjahre”, the placement of the Soviet War Memorial on the west side must have caused no end to consternation … for both sides. With that in mind, AndreasHesse’s comment above is truly spot-on. Thanks for your post!

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