How should governments respond to demands for removing historic monuments and renaming sites of memory? What role could historical…
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Should yet another monument in Berlin commemorate the Polish victims of the Second World War; in this case Polish citizens who suffered and died during the last war at the hands of German occupants?
Charlottesville 2017. The Belgian press took over the topic a few days later and returned to the issue of monuments and street names: l’héritage colonial.
Historic monuments are making the news. The removal of Confederacy leaders’ statues has provoked reaction in the USA. In Australia, at the same time, news that vandals had defaced the Captain Cook statue in Sydney, garnered attention.
The bombing of Dresden in 1945 has been interpreted as a barbarian destruction of an “innocent city” – until today. The “Monument” by the Syrian-German artist, M. Halbouni, challenges this remembrance.
The ensuing issue of modern forms of monuments that are appropriate for the 21st century has seldom been addressed in history teaching. That must be questioned.
No “Stolpersteine”? It has become a societal and political consensus to commemorate the Holocaust and the victims of the NS regime. However, the appropriate format is highly debated.
The recent protests about the statue of Rhodes at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have resulted in much debate and media coverage. They also present an opportunity to analyse elements of public history and its role.