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The Motherland Calls stands at the center of the monument complex known as “Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad” in the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. The statue commemorates the largest battle of World War II, in which the Soviets beat back Nazi German forces attempting to take over the city, and the 200 steps leading up to the monument from the bottom of the hill on which it stands symbolize the 200 days of the battle. Unveiled in 1967, the colossal figure is stepping forward with a sword raised in the air and beckoning behind her, meant to symbolize the “Motherland” calling on its “sons and daughters” to continue fighting the enemy. Its height of approximately 280 feet makes it the tallest statue in Europe as well as the tallest statue, excluding a pedestal, of a human woman in the world.