shu and joe

Cleansing

Published on April 18, 2008

I’ve been curious about the massive, graffiti-covered, Soviet-styled statue across the street since we arrived at our sublet on Greifswalder Strasse. Walking to the train this morning, I noticed that there was a crew out with pressure washers wiping away the layers of paint. Turns out that the statue is a DDR-era commemoration of Ernst Thälmann, leader of the German Communist Party (KPD) during the Weimar days and twice a candidate for German presidency. His opponent—Paul von Hindenburg, who after winning his second term handed the chancellorship to, well, you know…

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