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Old 07-21-2016, 02:46 AM
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The story of the reconstruction of a Lutheran church in memory of Duke Albrecht in Maraunengof is significant. At the end of the 1940s it was decided to turn the church, which survived during the war, into a cinema by adding to the Roman building a constructiv-ist portico, and by placing a huge sculpture of a worker and a kolkhoznitsa (collective farm worker) on the tower. That sculpture was supposed to be fifty(!) meters above the city. The reconstruction began, the Roman portico was pulled down, and a colonnade was built as well. But that was the end. The church remained in this condition till the end of the 1960s, gradually falling to pieces, and was finally demolished. A new street and tram-tracks were laid on the site.

In the 1960s all the monuments were removed from cemeteries, which were turned into mines. Afterwards, from the middle of the 1960s to the end of the 1990s, with the tacit blessing of an indifferent society, all the coffins in all the cemeteries were dug up in a search for gold teeth and jewellery. And this is not a metaphor.

The substance of the city was not inexhaustible - to raze to the ground everything that had been created over seven hundred years took a mere twenty-five years.

But should we be horrified by the consequences? All of this together is only a summary of the upbringing of people by the Soviet system. In finding an answer to the question about the destruction of Konigsberg, we will answer the big question about the causes of the death of the Soviet Union in general, since Konigsberg is only a particular phenomenon within the vaster project; and the destruction of Konigsberg is also one of the localised results of the project to create a new society (more accurately, its failure).
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