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The war memorial depicting a Soviet soldier holding a German child that he saved from the river and stepping on a crushed Swastika in Treptower Park along the river Spree in Treptow, Eastern Berlin.

Its prominent feature is the Soviet War Memorial, built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate the 20,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in April-May 1945. It was opened 4 years after the war ended on May 8, 1945.
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 child, standing over a broken swastika. Vuchetich's inspiration for the monument was Soviet soldier Nikolai Masalov (1922-2004), who on April 30, 1945 found a German girl wandering near Potsdamer Platz during the Battle of Berlin and brought her to safety.

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