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Return of The Idol (2)

As mentioned in the Corner over the weekend, Berlin’s government is thinking about re-erecting a statue of Lenin in the DDR’s old capital. Perhaps they might want to use this one (apologies – the article is in, ahem, Freedom) instead. It’s literally (if you stand in front of it for a very, very long time) as well as figuratively dangerous, and thus gives a better sense of the man. Thanks to the reader who spotted it.

Meanwhile, another reader has this suggestion:

“They should put the Lenin statue back, albeit, with a different plinth. [He] should be placed on a base of crushed and broken bodies held aloft on the bent backs of ragged workers. A true tribute to East Germany’s identity”


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