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Eckart Schoenlau

Midsummer Night at the Externstones

Reinhard Schmolze

Monument of the Revolutionary Sailors

Rostock, Germany

June 18, 2009, 16:52 local time

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Each era possesses it's own ideals and conceptions whether certain events in history ought to be considered worthy of commemoration and should consequently be moulded into a monument.

In November 1918 sailors of the German Navy started an insurgency which led to the German Revolution of 1918-1919. The revolution was put down and then succeeded by the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and the occupation – in Rostock by the Soviet armed forces – and finally in 1949 the foundation of the German Democratic Republic.

The insurgency of 1918 is the theme of this monument, which was not built until 1977 – during the time of the German Democratic Republic.

On one side of the base there is a relief by Reinhard Dietrich, showing political events of the early 20th Century. Next to it there is a citation from an article by Karl Liebknecht. On the top rises a sculpture by Wolfgang Eckardt, cast in bronze in Leningrad, depicting two men rushing forward on a heap of ruins.

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Pentax K200, Pentax 10-17mm, Kaidan Kiwi-L, PTGui

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