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On Commemoration

Global Reflections upon Remembering War

Edited By Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro

How, in the twenty-first century, can we do commemoration better? In particular, how can commemoration contribute to post-war reconciliation and reconstruction? In this book, a global roster of distinguished writers, artists, musicians, religious leaders, military veterans and scholars debate these questions and ponder the future of commemoration. They include the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, the award-winning novelists Aminatta Forna and Rachel Seiffert, and the human rights lawyer and Gifford Baillie Prize-winner Philippe Sands. Polemics and reflections together with poetry and creative prose movingly illuminate a subject that speaks to our common humanity.

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Figure 1. Memorial pebble at the National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa (© Niall Munro).

Figure 2. The July 1919 Peace Day celebration procession at Penistone in the historical West Riding of Yorkshire, now South Yorkshire, England.

Figure 3. Aminatta Forna in conversation with Elleke Boehmer (© John Cairns).

Figure 4. The Forester’s House (La Maison Forestière), Ors, France (© Jane Potter).

Figure 5. Rivesaltes Memorial Camp – ‘SACRE’ (© Lyndsey Stonebridge).

Figure 6. Rivesaltes Memorial Camp – ‘No oblidem ni la història ni els nostres enemics…’ (© Lyndsey Stonebridge).

Figure 7. Portraits of civilians-turned-fighters in Libya’s revolution are commemorated in a public memorial in Misrata in the autumn of 2011 (© Harvey Whitehouse).

Figure 8. March organised by ‘Defendamos la Paz’ [Let’s Defend Peace] movement in support of the peace process and in protest against the assassination of social leaders in Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia, 26 July 2019 (© Cherilyn Elston).

Figure 9. Star Plan for the Jewish Museum, Berlin (© Studio Libeskind).

Figure 10. Daniel Libeskind in front of a page of names from the Gedenkbuch, or Memorial Book, that lists all the German Jews murdered in the Holocaust (© John Cairns).

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