Following German reunification, all reminders of East Germany's socialist past were either destroyed or removed from public display. The Lenin Monument was one of East Germany's iconic symbols that stood in Berlin, Friedrichshain for 21 years. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the monument was dismantled and buried at an unknown location. For awhile it appeared the monument had been lost, but earlier this year, researchers were able to locate it.
Now, Lenin is back! On Thursday, as members of the press watched, the Monument's buried skull was dug up in a forest on the outskirts of Berlin. It seems that Germany is ready to come to terms with it dark past, and the skull (the rest of the monument remains buried) will be part of an exhibition at the Spandau Citadel. The exhibition Enthüllt: Berlin und Seine Denmäler (Revealed: Berlin and Its Monuments) has generated a lot of buzz, and I expect thousands will flock to see the resurrected Russian revolutionary.