Workers secure a giant Lenin head, which is carried by a crane, in a forest in Berlin, Germany, Thursday Sept. 10 2015. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
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A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lenin made a comeback of sorts Thursday as authorities unearthed a granite head of the Russian revolutionary to truck it across the German capital.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 pre-fab apartment tower blocks.The statue was inaugurated before 200,000 people on April 19, 1970, three days before the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth, and remained there for 31 years, dominating a square named after the Bolshevik revolutionary.After a wave of people power brought down the Wall and the Iron Curtain – sending Lenin and Marx statues toppling across Eastern Europe – the Berlin icon too became a lightning rod for public anger.
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