Green Bridge in Vilnius


By Contested Histories Initiative

The Green Bridge is located in the city centre of Vilnius, Lithuania, and since its rebuilding following the Second World War, it was decorated with four groups of statues created by multiple Lithuanian artists in the Socialist realism style. Discussions about the statues split Lithuanian society when some groups advocated keeping them due to their representation of the Soviet past, which marked half a century of the country’s history. Meanwhile, others strictly condemned the monument’s existence, which glorified a period marked with pain and suffering for the Lithuanian nation. After debates that lasted for decades, the remedy was made by the Vilnius City Municipality to remove the statues in 2015.

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