The painting by Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel on the short remaining section of the Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall) named the East Side Gallery depicts a passionate kiss between Communist bosses: the Soviet Union’s Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany’s Erich Honecker sometime before 1982 — the caption Mein Gott, hilf mir diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben = My God, help me to survive this deadly love.

God help us all to survive this deadly love.