The Soviet War Memorial is one of several war memorials in Berlin, capital city of Germany, erected by the Soviet Union to commemorate its war dead, particularly the 80,000 soldiers of the Soviet Armed Forces who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May 1945.
This memorial is located in the Tiergarten, a large public park to the west of the city centre, on the north side of the Strasse des 17 Juni (17 June Street), the major east-west thoroughfare running from the Brandenburg Gate going through Siegessäule (Victory Column) until Ernst-Reuter-Platz.
The memorial is still a site of active commemoration. On the anniversary of VE Day, (8 May), wreath-laying ceremonies are held at the memorial. It is a site of pilgrimage for war veterans from the countries of the former Soviet Union. It is also a popular tourist attraction, since it is much closer to the centre of the city than the larger Soviet war memorial at Treptower Park. The memorial is maintained by the City of Berlin.
On a personal note. Before the Berlin Wall came down I used to live in Berlin and I can remember the Soviet guards who stood at this memorial no matter what the weather. The rumour was that they stood over air vents, which kept them cool in summer and warm in winter. In those days you were not allowed access to the memorial so the rumour could never be confirmed.
Technical Note: Image is a bracket of 5 RAW from -2 to +2 in 1 EV steps taken with a Samsung GX10 fitted with an 18-50mm kit lens @ 23mm. ISO 100, f22, shutter speeds from 1/30 sec to 1/2 sec. Camera was mounted on a RedSnapper RS-284 & RSH-12 Ball Head and the shutter was fired using infra-red remote control. HDR processing was with Everimaging HDR Photo Pro.
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