Grieving Mother Monument at the Soviet Cemetery in Spremberg

Today I have the honor to present a Russian history image that was picked by Yekaterina, one of our subscribers. She has chosen her favorite Russain history monument to be today’s featured photo.

Spremberg, Germany. 28th Apr, 2016. The monument 'Grieving Mother' can be seen at the newly designed Soviet cemetery of honor in Spremberg, Germany, 28 April 2016. On 29 April 2016 the cemetery of honor will be dedicated in Spremberg. The restoration cost
The monument of ‘Grieving Mother’ at the Soviet cemetery of honor in Spremberg, Germany, Photo: Patrick Pleul/Alamy Live News

 

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“I am just passionate about Russian history and politics because my mother was widowed when I was very little and she fell in love with a Russian man. That man, who practically became our father, used to educate me and my brother. For that reason, I love everything related to Russia.”

Here is Yekaterina, a six-year-old girl with her brother Guido at the foot of Mount Teide in Tenerife in 1977. That was the year of the Tenerife Airport Disaster, the deadliest in aviation history.

The Grieving Mother Monument

The Grieving Mother monument is located in Spremberg, Eastern Germany at the Soviet cemetery of those who lost their lives in World War 2. The cemetery was renovated only recently, on 28 April 2016 with the help of the Russian Embassy. On 29 April 2016, the cemetery of honor was dedicated in Spremberg.

I really like the tenderness in the photo, the pain of the Russian mother who lost her children in a war. The picture especially concludes the union between the solitude of the poor soldiers in trenches filled with fear, and their mothers, struggling, crying in their houses and praying for their children to return home safely… and in the end, there is only the grave. It reflects maternal love, a love that never fails.

Thank you, Yekaterina for putting that in words.

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