Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nikolai Masalov

Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child by Yevgeny Vuchetich, Soviet War Memorial, Treptower Park, Berlin
Soviet soldier by Yevgeny Vuchetich (Евгений Вучетич)
Sowjetisches Ehrenmal (Soviet War Memorial)
Treptower Park, Treptow-Köpenick
Berlin, September 2011

“The focus of the ensemble is a monument by Soviet sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich: a 12-m tall statue of a Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child, standing over a broken swastika. According to Marshal of the Soviet Union Vasily Chuikov, the Vuchetich statue commemorates the deeds of Sergeant of Guards Nikolai Masalov, who during the final storm on the center of Berlin risked his life under heavy German machine-gun fire to rescue a three-year-old German girl whose mother had apparently disappeared.”