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Statue of William I

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Statue of William I. Berlin (16 August 1938)

The Kaiser Wilhelm memorial was a monument to the first German Emperor, Wilhelm I (Kaiser Wilhelm memorial around 1900). The old Kaiser on a bronze horse guided by a feminine spririt of peace, were surrounded by hundreds of additional sculptures, mostly of animals. It survived the bombing of World War II, but was dismantled and melted down in 1950 by the communist government.

A photo taken around 1905, show where this photo was taken. The human figures give a good indication of the size of the structure.

Today, only the pedestal remain.
Two bronze lions, one partially visible in this photo, is (was?) in the eastern Berlin's animal park. For more about the destruction by the communists, and the current travesty, see A Resurrection in Berlin.

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