The Soviet War Memorial was built to commemorate the 20,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in April-May 1945. The center of the composition is a 13m tall monument of a Russian soldier holding a child, with a sword over a broken swastika.

The monument was inspired by an occasion upon which Nikolay Masalov, a Soviet soldier, saved a German girl. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and especially when the monument was dismounted during German reunification, rumors persisted that this episode was nothing but Soviet propaganda. However officially confirmed documents exist that substantiate at least 5 cases when Russian solders delivered small German children to orphanages during the Battle of Berlin. <a href="">Wikipedia</a>.

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Flowers at the Soldier monument.

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Russian family with a kid.

Youngsters taking pictures in a millitary uniform.

Couple with beer.

Memorial plate on the bridge on Potsdamer strasse, where the Soviet sergeant Nikolay Masalov saved a German girl.