Comrade Spy9600: A spy? So you work for the Capitalists?? Thanks for your comment!
Comrade michae95l: Thank you! I also love watching Berlin trams pass by!
Camarada Kim Sunwoo: Hope to keep the level up on this update! Muchas gracias!
Comrade slickbg56: Thanks for commenting! If there are no pics, there is more story, I guess...
Comrade pinkindustry: Totally (East) German in here! All the places you see in this new T&R iteration are recreations or semi-recreations of real places, and I try to give as many historical details as possible. I'd say it is my most historically accurate CJ so far.
僚友 Tonraq: Fortunately, this kind of daily life was has been gone pretty much after 1990. Fortunately.
Hope I got the word "comrade" translated properly!
Comrade gviper: A wise use of GIMP always gives an extra flavor to the pictures! Thanks for commenting!
Camarada Paulobergonci: All blocks of that part of the city tend to be roughly this size. Thanks!
Comrade takemethere: It is a sad story, it has to have a sad weather, which in this city is not too difficult to get!
The meeting was far from home, but better to do it far. Just in case.
The Soviet War Memorial at the Wuhlheide is one of the three Soviet memorials in East Berlin. The fourth lies already at the other side of the "wall of antifascist protection". Almost nobody goes to these kind of places. All soviet memorials in Berlin are a bit different, but they share some common traits. They're eerie, lonely, cold, made of pure concrete and more or less dead grass. This is why Werner had set his meeting there that Saturday morning.
The way there, coming from his parents' place at the Landsberger Allee, was long. The tram trip along the Treskowallee had been almost infinite. But finally, he stood in front of the two large columns that marked the memorial entrance, right in front of the An der Wuhlheide road.
Werner had never been in this memorial before. He observed the two large Soviet soldiers carved in stone atop of the columns. They were not there to welcome him, but to intimidate visitor who decided to step in this massive concrete setup. Werner was too early for the meeting, so he decided to take a walk.
All Berlin Soviet memorials are also massive cemeteries. Out of the approximately 80.000 fallen Soviet soldiers during the Battle of Berlin in 1945; 13.200 are buried in the memorial at Schönholzer Heide, 5.000 at the Tiergarten memorial, 7.000 at the Treptower Park memorial. Around 16.000 Soviet soldiers lie inside the huge concrete blocks here at the Wuhlheide memorial.
Werner came close to the blocks. He didn't remember much of the Russian he took at school, but could with no doubt read the names and military ranks carved in Cyrillic alphabet of each soldier buried there inside. 16.000 corpses were surrounding him. There were 500 corpses under each plinth, under each giant soldier head. 500 names of dads and sons. 500 names of soldiers who maybe had raped women on their way to the Reichstag, or who maybe had saved orphan children of their own advancement.
Nobody was around. He felt the typical Berlin cold east-west wind around him. The gardens were reasonally well kept for this time of the year.
The meeting was at the highest point of the memorial. A large column was erected in an artificial promontory. At the top of this column there was no soldier, but the statue of a woman. Mother Russia was opening its arms to the monument, turning its back to the city. Some say it was made of pure gold. Some say it would be great to steal it. These same people tend not to say that twice.
Some minutes later, Werner's date arrived. He was just finishing the cigarrette when he arrived next to Werner. They greeted each other.
"So, are you going to tell me why you made me come here and why are you so worried?"
"Yes... Dieter... I think the Stasi is on me".
Due to the impossibility to make an accurate recreation of the Schönholzer Heide and Treptower Park monuments due to the lack of lotting skills, I decided to "invent" a new monument. The city of Berlin has only three memorials, not four. This fourth one is a product of my imagination and the architecture concepts displayed on these monuments.