German city famous for giant Marx head marks anniversary of statue

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Chemnitz, the East German city famous for its towering sculpture of Karl Marx’s head, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its best-known landmark. With nostrils large enough to fit the heads of small children and a stern bearded face spanning more than 7 metres, the bronze bust is the world’s largest head of Karl Marx, and the world’s second-largest bust after a head of Lenin in Russia. For Mayor Sven Schulze, the monument remains one of the most important symbols for the city, which was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt (Karl Marx City) in Communist times. “However, it has changed in recent years in…

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