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Meeting with Anders Hög Hansen


Why do societies build war memorials?

There is often a need to freeze history, to be sure that people will remember what has happened. Stone monuments stand forever, and are meant as eternal reminders. An example is the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, which are meant to remind about the wrong doings of the own nation. Such memorials can also be seen as a way to resurrect a brushed reputation, and to be reconciled with other nations or groups of people. It’s a statement of taking responsibility of its own actions.

What are generally the important qualities of memorials?

The special aura of the physical place, which can feel sacred or holy. The monument has a great authority that can be difficult to achieve on the web.

Are there any problems with memorials?

It’s fairly common that people are confused about the purposes of the memorials, or if they have some worth-while functions.

What is the difference between a monument and a memorial?

A memorial can be a monument but can also be a procedure of some sort. A monument needs to have been created by an artist. It is a unique piece, which gives it authority. A memorial should reflect on history.

Where can you draw the line between memorial and community on the memorial subject?

Good question.

Reading tips:

– “Texture of Memory” by James E. Young

– Esther Leslie

– Andreas Huyssen

– Check the museum world for research concerning physicality versus the webb