The Removal of Stalin’s Head, Prague 2016

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I can’t even begin to explain just how monumental this action was, and it was pure serendipity that we happened to be exactly there at precisely the moment it happened (we were actually heading to the Technical Museum) on May 21st 2016. Stalin’s head had looked out over the entire city of Prague, Czech Republic, for decades as the symbol of Communism. In the space of less than half an hour, a couple of workers with brooms had removed it.
While Stalin was not a pleasant character, the entire event was extremely emotional as it represented the removal of a huge piece of modern history. Rather than leaving the giant bust as a memorial to a troubled past, it was instead removed and will therefore be lost to future generations to ponder over.
Those who are unable to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…


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