The shrapnel-damaged Bismarck Memorial of Berlin
Reminders of Berlin’s dark past are everywhere when you walk down the streets and alleys of this war-torn capital. Germany’s memorial to its most famous military commander is one of them. Riddled with pockmarks, chips of stone were broken off the base of this monument by Allied bombs during the Second World War.
Otto von Bismarck died 41 years before the start of WWII, but he is still remembered and often hated as a militarist who brought Germany down the path ending in disastrous wars and millions of deaths.
This is a tribute to the martial spirit of the German people, defiled by the horrible results of that spirit which came forty years later, making it now an ironic comment on the folly of militarism and the hubris of people who staked so much national pride on ability to dominant their neighbors. A really mindblowing thing to see for someone with an interest in history.