Excerpt from “The Quiet German: The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.
The Wall, built in 1961, ran a few steps from the back of the building. A minimal renovation in the sixties kept out the elements, but the Reichstag was generally shunned until the Wall came down, in 1989. Then, at midnight on October 3, 1990, President Richard von Weizsäcker stood outside the Reichstag and announced to a crowd of a million people the reunification of Germany, in freedom and peace. Berlin became its capital.
For the next decade, until the Bundestag began convening there officially, the Reichstag was reconstructed in an earnestly debated, self-consciously symbolic manner that said as much about reunified Germany as its ruin had said about the totalitarian years. The magnificent dome, designed by Norman Foster, suggested transparency and openness. The famous words on the colonnaded entrance, “dem deutschen volke” (“To the German People”)—fabricated out of melted-down French cannons from the Napoleonic Wars and affixed during the First World War—were preserved out of a sense of fidelity to history. But, after parliamentary argument, a German-American artist was commissioned to create a courtyard garden in which the more modest phrase “der bevölkerung”—“To the Populace,” without the nationalistic tone of the older motto—was laid out in white letters amid unruly plantings. During the Reichstag’s reconstruction, workers uncovered graffiti, in Cyrillic script, scrawled by Red Army soldiers on second-floor walls. After another debate, some of these were kept on display as historical reminders: soldiers’ names, “Moscow to Berlin 9/5/45,” even “I f**k Hitler in the a**.””
Zeebers651: If someone can find a picture of this. I really don’t need a whole bunch of variants for “I f**k Hitler in the a**” on my search history.
grande1899: Since we killed the site here’s a link to an image of it Edit: Apparently according to the replies the actual phrase is not in this image after all. Must be on another part of the wall. But you can still pretend it’s there, the graffiti are all in Russian after all.
RockTheBank: Here’s the graffiti. It’s in Russian, and there’s a lot of it. I don’t read Russian, so I can’t tell you which part actually says “I f**k Hitler in the a**,” but it’s allegedly there somewhere.
Demonhunter115: I remember reading about this awhile back, the Russian government wants the Germans to get rid of it, including the soldier who wrote it, lol
sgtolive4: What is this, a book? I started reading it and after 15 minutes the side scroll barely moved down. Interesting article though, wish I had time to read it during work hours.
mltv_98: With a pineapple!
JewBear3: You spelled “f**k” wrong.
Tikaani91: TL;DR and no picture of the actusl graffiti.
pentuplemintgum666: What we needed was a picture, what we got was a book. Is it a joke? To post an article that is a figurative “wall of text” instead of the literal wall of text we came to see? I didn’t think it was funny. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this is a little bit of overkill. How are people still posting photo based posts and not including the photo? What the hell would drive a person to do that?
billywilikens: Meanwhile neonazis in America…
dabritian: Hey, that ain’t right. This sends the message that Hitler is bummable, which he ain’t.
A_Galvantula: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but America needs to take a page from Germany regarding Nazis.
GetMoneyMoMoney: Lot of ass yoking happening in Germany
iobraska: What if it was just some Russian who was REALLY obsessed with Hitler who wrote it?
Holden_D_Znuts: Are we sure The Iron Sheik didn’t do this?
sethamphetamine: Pic or it didn’t happen.
Field_of_Foreskin: Edgy and childish.
Zonnex_XN: [The Art of Trolling by OP](http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/the-art-of-trolling-is-simple.jpg)
INTP-02: That’s homophobic.
rosscarver: That’s what you have to do with your bad past, not what the US south is doing. If the actions of your ancestors are considered reprehensible today, you probably shouldn’t embrace them and be glad a change was made.
CaptainChivalry: Must not have many blacks.. before you call me racist, i wholeheartedly believe white people have the ability to tag walls, it’s just we choose not to 😉
Toooldtoollie: No clever quip. Just, that is fucking rad.
lechocco: Those Russian soliders were pretty good eggs during the move through Germany I hear.
th_veteran: That’ll last until somebody realizes it’s homophobic.
jerfdr: >By integrating the slogans of victorious Russian soldiers into its parliament building, Germany shows that it has learned essential lessons from its past (**ones that the Russians themselves missed**).
No article is fine enough without a bit of good old-fashioned propaganda…
BXRWXR: We need one of those for Trump.
a56fg4bjgm345: She was always a looker, even back then
pm_me_ur_floppy_dong: That’s a little rude. It’s not nice to speak ill of the dead.
PillarOfWisdom: So edgy from the same country in the process of fucking Europe up again. Third times a charm.
BarryLyndon89: Whos the ugly woman and what has she got to with anything?
dyel24: Another proof that the Jews won the ww2
Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish army showing off
malsiatortu: Only the Finnish army has rocket artillery.
hassium: Appropriate sound track:
[Red Army Choir – Katusha](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLg83QMmlGs)