The Long Intermezzo

I recently had the opportunity to visit what was once the largest Soviet garrison in Germany, where I had the chance to take this high dynamic range (hdr) panorama. This literally forbidden city was originally built by the Third Reich and then used by the Red Army during its presence in post-war Germany. It was home of more than 400.000 persons and only accessible to those with special security clearance.

Upon the reunification and the departure of the russian troops from german territory, the vast waves of soldiers and bureaucrats quickly left and took with them those objects they thought valuable to a new Russia. These consisted mainly of machinery, political symbols of Soviet communism, obsolete archival documents that illustrate daily tasks and outline the threat of an invisible enemy.

On the other hand, many cultural aspects of everyday life were left behind, one of them being this theatre. Featuring seats for over 400 people, it is one of the largest that can be seen today, and its state of preservation is pristine. The room almost gives the feeling that the audience just left for a 20 year long intermezzo and could come back at any moment. Above the stage the inscription “эдпддндя грчппд войск” reminds us of the past.