The space around the monument and its usage
As early as 1986, Betina Kuntzsch would have had some alternatives for the monument: heroes or heroines with a human face – Rosa Luxemburg in a huge flower garden or Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space.
Head Fist Flag
A Thälmann monument – three years before the fall of the Wall
Ernst Thälmann had moved the masses during the Weimar Republic. He failed to bring about the “victory of communism”.
The Triple Colosseum of Prenzlauer Berg
When the decision to build Ernst Thälmann Park was made in 1981, things were starting to simmer in the capital of the GDR. Resistance developed against the planned demolition of the former gasworks.
In July 1984, the first tenants moved into the Thälmann-Park
Hardy Krause was one of the very first residents of Ernst Thälmann Park. As a passionate amateur photographer, he sneaked onto the construction site, photographed excavators and trenches.
A lyrical interlude
Helplessness rubs along the surface. Dark foreboding. The snow alone makes the monument look fresh, perhaps even friendly for a moment.
The coal palm
Vineyards – gasworks – Thälmannpark
Short detour to the actual industrial age. The history of the “IV Berlin Gas Facility” in the district of Prenzlauer Berg, where vineyards and windmills had once stood.
I spy with my little eye
In 1986 the monument is unveiled
Inauguration of Ernst Thälmann Park. Hands are raised in greeting in the square and on the balconies of the new high-rise buildings. An army of little waving cats; though none look very jolly or cheerful.
The wrecking balls had grown weary. After the fall of the Wall, they had razed so many heroes of socialism. In 1993, Thälmann was due to be removed as well.