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11 October 2017The Other Side: Counter Memorials - Germany's Post-WWII Culture of Apology and Atonement
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The Other Side: Counter Memorials - Germany's Post-WWII Culture of Apology and Atonement Angela Findlay Wednesday 11 October 2017

In these years of World War II Anniversaries the subject of this talk is hugely relevant. Relatively little is known in this country about Germany’s complex post-war process of remembrance and the counter memorial movement that started there in the 1980s and continues to this day.

Instead of commemorating their own losses Germany’s artists looked to creating art forms that would respond to questions of apology and atonement: How does a nation of former persecutors mourn its victims? The idea behind counter memorials is to keep the memories and lessons of the past alive in the individual psyches of the people. The results are extraordinary, brave, and inspiring.

With her Anglo-German roots, artistic background and years of research, Angela Findlay is in an ideal position to give insights into Germany’s fascinating and on-going efforts to find artistic forms for the remembrance of the victims of one of history’s darkest periods.