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MOTHER AND THE WAR: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ´S STATUE AT BERLIN´S NEUE WACHE

The whole setting of this statue and the work itself is deeply moving.

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Mutter mit dem Toten Sohn at the Neue Wache (photo by Klaus Lehnartz). Mutter mit dem Toten Sohn at the Neue Wache (photo by Klaus Lehnartz).

Mutter mit dem Toten Sohn (Mother with a dead Son), an enlarged replica of a statue made by Käthe Kollwitz after WWI, standing in the Neue Wache at Unter den Linden boulevard in the centre of Berlin.
You will find the placed at the centre of the hall inside the New Guard House, under a round opening in the roof, the oculus. It stands there day and night, with rain and snow falling upon it, like it did on many victims of human folly and cruelty.
When unveiled on November 4, 1993, the image of a mother embracing her dead child as if absorbing it back into her body was often wrongly interpreted as one of the Holy Mother, Mary, cradling the body of dead Jesus; a motif known as “Pietà”. It even became a source of…

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