“Monuments and commemorations may split communities and solidify divisions, and even fuel future conflict, but if designed and managed properly, they can also help to overcome the losses and traumas of war. Instead of inciting memories of ethnic or national victimisation, as political and religious leaders may feel attracted to do, monuments and commemorations can assist in bringing closure for the people most concerned, and that should be – as far as I can see – their main function.”
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Publication Bad Memories: Sites, symbols and narrations of wars in the Balkans
Publisher: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso
A collection of papers presented at the conference “Bad memories. Sites, symbols and narrations of wars in the Balkans”, organised by Osservatorio Balcani in Rovereto, Trento, on 9 November 2007. The conference was part of a project devoted to Second World War memorial sites in former Yugoslavia, co-sponsored by the European Union and the Autonomous Province of Trento.