Image: A Stalin Monument and pedestal (not in Russia). Public domain.
Graveyard of fallen monuments; and what is to be done? Markos Kounalakis @KounalakisM @HooverInst
Markos Kounalakis, Hoover, in re: Graveyard of fallen monuments; and what is to be done? Gorky Park, graveyard of monuments; a park central in Moscow; in one corner is the graveyard to fallen monuments, where they went after they were torn down. Felix Dzerzhinsky, “the Iron Pole,” who basically founded the KGB. The gulag stories In the basement where the executions were. No flowers; grass grown through the plinth. A period of total bloodthirstiness. How will we look at our history? Budapest: Memento Park, monuments of huge scale. As we grapple with the dark history of our own. Czech Republic, once Czechoslovakia: The Pink Tank. Tanks used in the Prague Spring; Soviets were ruthless. 1986:Velvet Revolution. To defang this potent symbol, citizens doused the whole tank in hot ink. Statue of Reagan stands next to a plinth; remains because f Soviet treaty; continued between Russia and Hungary. To honor Reagan . . . The Smithsonian should take over the task of what to do with former Confederate statues.