The last major statue of Vladimir Lenin still standing in Germany has been granted a reprieve. Local authorities in the northern city of Schwerin, formerly part of communist East Germany, said they have decided against removing the four-meter bronze likeness of the communist revolutionary and founder of the Soviet Union.
They agreed, however, to add a plaque to the statue that will explain Lenin's often brutal political legacy and also point out that on the maternal side his family had strong links to the local region of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The decision followed a divisive, two-year debate as to whether the statue should suffer the same fate as one that long towered over a square in communist East Berlin.
That statue of Lenin was toppled after the fall of the communist regime in 1989 in a memorable operation of which footage was included in the 2003 international hit film Good Bye Lenin!
The debate in Schwerin was instigated by a member of the municipal council whose father was deported to the Soviet Union and shot in the 1950s for opposing communism.
Christoph Priesemann, from the liberal opposition Free Democratic Party, described Lenin as the "worst tyrant of the 20th century" and demanded that the statute be demolished.
But others, including members of the political successor to the communist party that once ruled East Germany, countered that this would amount to "tearing up a page of German history."
George: Where are you going for spring vacation?
Mike: I'm going to take a trip to Germany.
George: Really! Well make sure you go to Berlin. No two people there look the same; everybody has different hairstyles and different fashions.
Mike: Wow, I'll have to make sure to go check it out.
George: Since you're going to Europe, you might as well take a trip to Amsterdam, too. I think it's one of the best party cities in the world.
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To check something (or someone) out means to go take a look at that thing or person. For example, "Make sure you check the Keelung night market out."
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