WWII and Eastern Europe


posted on 2nd of march, 2010

When visiting Eastern Europe the scars left from WWII are visible everywhere, in the landscape and its people. Conversations often turn to this topic, and once there bitter memories and still-vital nationalistic pride and prejudices come to light. It is not hard to understand why this happens, with many structures built for the purposes of the evil intentioned still standing, the ghosts of the past just cannot be avoided. In order to pull some pride and honor from this sad time of occupation and loss, heroic rescues and victories are replayed for the new generations to witness.

The images presented here represent Auschwitz, Communist Blok style Apartments, and a Reenactment by Poles of the Battle of Monte Cassino.


Comments (4)

Posted by Aviahuismanphotography on March 02, 2010
Gmargittai,

The point is to reflect on reality. If you have ever been to Eastern Europe and spent time among it's wonderfully friendly and welcoming people then you would not have read a negative tone in what I have written. This area of the world has seen much tragedy, loss and hardship, that is, like I said, still visible in the culture today. This is simply an Anthropological description of the state of things.

I am in no way critical of Auschwitz remaining standing or of old communist buildings not being torn down. It is important for Auschwitz to remain open. It must continue with its new mission: to teach new generations that what happened during the war was real and that unrestricted hate can lead to horrible realities coming to pass. The communist buildings remain because they are a part of their communities, this is where people live and work. The buildings are now being renovated and updated (now that the economies of these countries that communist mis-management drained...(More)
Posted by Gmargittai on March 02, 2010
I don't understand this blog. Are you critical of the Eastern European countries that did not clean up the scars of WWII like Auschwitz? Or that they did not forget the bitter memories? Maybe you should elaborate. Or you only wanted to show your pictures without too much thought about the text?
Posted by Gmargittai on March 02, 2010
I don't understand this blog. Are you critical of the Eastern European countries that did not clean up the scars of WWII like Auschwitz? Or that they did not forget the bitter memories? Maybe you should elaborate. Or you only wanted to show your pictures without too much thought about the text?
Posted by Almaterra on March 02, 2010
We must learn from historical events. Your images have very strong messages.



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