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Lenin Sculpture Exhumed In Berlin

A workers secures a giant Lenin head exhumed from a forest in Berlin on September 10.

German authorities have unearthed a massive, granite head of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin from a forest on the outskirts of Berlin, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Workers dug up the 3.5 ton sculpture and used a crane to lift it onto a truck on September 10.

The 1.7-meter head is to form the centerpiece of an exhibit, dubbed Uncovered: Berlin and Its Monuments, at the Renaissance citadel.

The head used to sit atop a full figure of Lenin in what was once Leninplatz in East Berlin.

The first mayor of reunited Berlin, Eberhard Diepgen, ordered its removal in late 1991, wanting to rid the city of an icon of a "dictatorship where people were persecuted and murdered."

It was cut into some 130 parts and buried in the woods.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa