Soviet Memorial of Honor in Treptower Park (5)

During previous visits, I have found the installation deserted and still, the mood contemplative. This time around, however, there was a lot of activity; lots of families with children who climbed around on the statues, groups of people strolling around on the walkways or climbing up and down the stairs, or riding bicycles; no trace of the expected serenity.

So I disappeared a lot of people from these photos. With reference to the Stalin quotes, Stella said, that's entirely appropriate - Stalin, too, had made a lot of people disappear. Granted. But I think in this particular case he can be safely ignored, this not being a celebration of the Soviet leadership, but a commemoration of the sacrifice of the Red Army in a very specific historical context.