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From bullet holes to Lenin's head: Berlin lays its historySome were buried, others riddled with bullet holes, yet others dumped in old depots as the glorious periods they were crafted to commemorate came to an end. Berlin authorities have now rescued 100 statues and monuments from neglect and disrepair, assembling them in an exhibition to tell the city's chequered history that spanned royal rule, Nazism and the Cold War. For the exhibition, Theissen has already been embroiled in a few other battles, including over one of the most colossal pieces – a head of Lenin that was made famous by the popular 2003 film "Good Bye Lenin!"At the height of the Cold War, which divided the city and the world, the 1.7-meter-high head was part of a statue carved from Ukrainian pink granite that towered 19 meters above East Berlin, framed by Soviet-era prefab apartment tower blocks. Despite an agreement between the exhibition's organizers and the city of Berlin, the sculpture almost didn't manage to make it to the Spandau exhibition.
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