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Lenin's head to be unearthed for Berlin exhibition

The head of a giant statue of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, also known as Lenin, is to be unearthed from its current grave near Berlin for an exhibition entitled ‘Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments’.

Spandau Citadel, western Berlin.
Spandau Citadel, western Berlin. Image by avda-foto / CC BY-SA 2.0

The statue formerly stood beside Soviet apartment blocks in, what was then, East Berlin but, after the fall of The Berlin Wall, the 19-metre-high statue was broken into 120 pieces and buried under sand and rocks in a forest location. The exhibition’s organisers encountered significant opposition to their plans to dig up the statue, but were eventually granted permission and Lenin’s head will be on display at the Spandau Citadel in western Berlin in September. Read more: thelocal.de