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”.
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.