Tuesday, March 29, 2022

German Christian Democrats want to destroy Ernst Thälmann's monument in Berlin

In a provocative attempt to link Communism with the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) local faction in Berlin has expressed its wish to bring down the monument dedicated to the great German revolutionary leader Ernst Thälmann. 

District deputies representing the CDU has submitted a motion under the name "No honor for enemies of democracy - dismantle the Ernst Thälmann monument!"  and pledge to donate the money from the selling of the melted material to the victims of war in Ukraine. 

The anti-communist initiative aims to link Thälmann and communist ideology with the policies of today's capitalist Russia and, moreover, to slander socialism and communism as "anti-democratic" and "authoritarian".

Ernst Thälmann's 14 m (46 ft) tall monument, which stands in Prenzlauer Berg district, at the eastern borough of Pankow, was created by Soviet sculptor Lev Kerbel between 1981 and 1986. 

The CDU reactionary attempt to destroy the revolutionary leader's monument is an insult to the history of the country's working class movement, as well as to the generations of Germans who lived and grew up in the German Democratic Republic.