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Peace Monuments Related to
the Cold War (1945-1991)

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Cold War (Wikipedia article). Monuments related to World War II. United Nations Monuments.

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1951 - Berlin Airlift Memorial, Platz der Luftbrücke, Tempelhof Airport, Berlin (Germany). Three arching “prongs” represent the three official air corridors (Luftkorridore) used on flights between West Berlin and West Germany. Displays the names of the 39 British and 31 American airmen who lost their lives during the operation. A matching monument stands at the other end of the “air bridge” at the Rhein-Main air base in Frankfurt, completing the airlift arch.
1951 - Berlin Airlift Memorial, Frankfurt (Germany). "Though Rhein-Main Air Base is now closed, this memorial to the Berlin Airlift is still clearly visible from the A5 Autobahn which runs alongside the Frankfurt Airport."

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October 19, 1962 - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Mauermuseum), Friedrichsstrasse 43-44, Berlin (Germany). "First museum of international nonviolent protest." Operated by Arbeitsgemeinschaft 13 August e.V / 13th August Study Group. Four permanent exhibitions: "The Wall," paintings of "The Wall," Berlin, and "From Gandhi to Walesa." At present location since June 1963. Click here for Wikipedia article.

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January 14, 1990 - "Maailman Rauha / World Peace," Hakaniemi Square, Helsinki (Finland). "Total socialist realism" /// "A reminder of cold war in Helsinki. It was 'given' by the city of Moscow just before the collapse of Soviet Union. If Helsinki would have refused the 'gift,' relations with the big neighbour would have suffered." /// "The artist's name is Oleg Kirjuhin. The statue is actually a copy. Similar copies have been placed in cities around the former Soviet Union. Helsinki might be the only city outside the former Soviet Union that has it's own." /// "The World Peace sculpture at Hakaniemi Square has been a focus of controversy. 'It is a passionate, clear & concrete appeal on behalf of peace & friendship,' declared Mayor Raimo Ilaskivi as he unveiled the statue in 1990, when two months had passed from the fall of the Berlin Wall, and as the Soviet Union was coming to an end. Later Ilaskivi said that the City of Moscow had offered Helsinki a statue of Lenin; in that respect, World Peace was a 'defensive victory.'"
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November 9, 1990 - "Breakthrough," Latshaw Plaza, adjacent to Winston Churchill Memorial, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri (USA). By British-born artist (and Churchill granddaughter) Edwina Sandys. "Where Churchill first coined the historic phrase the 'Iron Curtain.' It has been called the most significant monument to be constructed on American soil since the Vietnam War Memorial. Created from eight massive sections of the Berlin Wall. Features male & female forms cut out from the wall’s concrete surface, symbolizing a passage through the wall to freedom."
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October 22, 1992 - Peacemakers Monument, Shenandoah University, Winchester,Virginia (USA). Commemorating the handshake between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev on December 7, 1987.
1990 - Peacemakers Monument, Federation of Peace and Conciliation, 36 Prospect Mira, Moscow (Russia). Commemorating the handshake between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev on December 7, 1987.
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April 17, 1994 - International Peace Garden, 4th District, East Berlin (Germany). Gift from Warsaw to Berlin honoring fall of Berlin Wall. One of several International Peace Gardens in many different countres.
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1994 - Sculpture Park, Budapest (Hungary). "Contains Cold War Era monuments. A place where all the pro-Soviet and pro-Communist monuments accumulated throughout Budapest during the Cold War have been relocated and preserved instead of being destroyed. What a gift to the world! Also referred to as the 'Statue Graveyard.'"
Date? - Szoborpark, near Budapest (Hungary). Joseph Stalin's boots are all that remain of his 25 m bronze statue toppled in 1956.


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1997 - "The Day the Wall Came Down," George H. Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Texas (USA). Dedicated to freedom. Features five Mustangs jumping a crumbling Berlin Wall. A copy is at the Allied Museum, near Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Germany). Sculpted by Veryl Goodnight (who lives in San Juan National Forest in Colorado).
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1998 - "The Day the Wall Came Down," Allied Museum, near Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Germany). Given by the US government to the German people. Dedicated to freedom. A twin of the original bronze at the George H. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas (USA).
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January 20, 2000 - Cold War Memorial, Camp Taylor Memorial Park, Louisville, Kentucky (USA). Commemorates Pilot Norman A. Schwartz "who gave his life for the preservation of peace" and recognizes "all men and women who seved during the Cold War period 1945-1991." Schwartz was killed in 1952 during a secret Cold War flight inside Jilin Province in northeast China.
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August 25, 2000 - Wings of Peace & Freedom Park, Dixon, Illinois (USA). ''Gifted by Nick Tanev, a native of Bulgaria who immigrated to the USA and prospered. Symbolizes the hope that East & West would come together & live in peace & freedom." Includes replica of Berlin Wall (largest words: PEACE & FREIHEIT). On Ronald Reagan Trail. Dixon is the childhood home of President Ronald Reagan.

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Date? - Cold War Memorial, Devin (Slovakia). "Built to honor thousands who escaped or died trying to escape from Soviet tyranny in eastern Europe."
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Date? - End of Cold War Monument, St. George's Bay, Birzebbuga (Malta). "This monument marks the end of the cold war, Mr G. Bush (USA) and Mr M. Gorbachev had met here in 1989."

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Date? - Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, on the edge of the City Park (just left of Heroes Square), Budapest (Hungary). "Shows a series of beams, starting as rusty iron and transforming into gleaming glass as it breaks through the hard stone ground in a sharpened point. I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean, but it makes for some cool photographs."
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About 2001 - Berlin Airlift Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Alrewas, Staffordshire (England). "The first memorial many visitors see on arriving at NMA." "Fruit trees behind planted for each of the 39 British personnel that lost their lives on the operation." Similar to arches in Berlin and Frankfurt (Germany), but with added eagle..

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October 2004-July 5, 2005 - Checkpoint Charlie Monument, Berlin (Germany). Commemorated the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over 1,000 crosses adorned with the names of those murdered attempting to escape Communist East Germany for freedom during the Cold War. Torn down on July 5, 2005: "Berlin's Shame: We Will Never Forget! We really don't have much left to say about this outrage. The anger inside all of us right now is simply too much. Even we believed that the city and the bank would have the good sense to seek a compromise...but they didn't."

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June 12, 2007 - "Goddess of Democracy," Victims of Communism Memorial, Washington, DC (USA). "A tribute to more than 100 million people who died as a result of revolutions, wars and atrocities committed by various communist regimes."
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Future - Rocky Flats Cold War Museum, site of Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Arvada, Colorado (USA). In March 2006 "received a donation offer of 1.4 acres of land near the former nuclear weapons production plant site from board member Charles Church McKay, and is now aggressively making plans to develop the site and create a museum next to a future wildlife refuge created by Congress."
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Future - Cold War Museum, site of Lorton Nike Missile Base, Lorton, Virginia (USA). "In 1996, Francis Gary Powers, Jr. (son of the U-2 piolot) and John C. Welch founded the Cold War Museum to preserve Cold War history and honor Cold War Veterans. Currently, a mobile exhibit of historical artifacts associated with the U-2 Incident of May 1960 is traveling around the world promoting interest in the creation of a permanent Cold War Museum facility." A Smithsonian Affiliate. Click here for the Wikipedia article.