Klan Protests Renaming of 3 Confederate Parks in Memphis – NYTimes.com

Klan Protests Renaming of 3 Confederate Parks in Memphis – NYTimes.com.

An excellent piece in today’s Times about “Civil War memory”– again.   Names of things matter– that’s one lesson.   And symbols and memory die hard:  check out the young man literally wrapped in the mantle of the Rebel flag.

 

 

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The ‘Conspiracy of Silence’ on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War

The ‘Conspiracy of Silence’ on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War.

A thought-provoking piece from Bill Moyers’s website on the 10th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.  Pieces like this mark the beginning of the “historicization” of the Iraq War.  But making something into “history” doesn’t mean it’s “settled.”  It’s just been 10 years, and coming so soon (relatively), it’s not a surprise that the issues– of the justification of the war, its costs, its place in larger contexts of war and memory– are still so volatile.

Here’s a tweet from Donald Rumsfeld, one of the Iraq War architects. Note the appropriation of the term “role in history,” casting the war in its reflected glow:  “10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis. All who played a role in history deserve our respect & appreciation.”  

Here’s a typically irreverent take from the Onion on an “Iraq War Memorial” on the Washington Mall:

And here’s another “proposal” for  a memorial to the war by artist Sam Durant:

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“Proposal for Iraq War Memorial, Symbolic Transposition of effects of war in Iraq to the U.S. and England: 10 Downing St., Parliament, U.S. Capitol and White House.”  The “proposal” was done for an exhibition at the ICA in London, which described the project:  “The intention is not to find a definitive memorial to a war, a difficult task at any time, and especially in the context of an ongoing conflict. Instead the exhibition explores different views of the Iraq War, and different perspectives on what can or should be memorialised.”

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking – NYTimes.com

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking – NYTimes.com.

Astounding revelations about new research on the Holocaust:

Auschwitz and a handful of other concentration camps have come to symbolize the Nazi killing machine in the public consciousness. Likewise, the Nazi system for imprisoning Jewish families in hometown ghettos has become associated with a single site — the Warsaw Ghetto, famous for the 1943 uprising. But these sites, infamous though they are, represent only a minuscule fraction of the entire German network, the new research makes painfully clear.