Essay: War tourism and commemoration – from selfies to Schindler’s List

Lately, in the context of Remembrance Day here in the Netherlands, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the different ways in which World War II is being remembered today. For us, being occupied by Nazi Germany during the war has become a foundation myth of our identity, and most Dutch novels,  films, and... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Return to Berlin

A few weeks ago I was in Berlin on a lightning visit, accompanying a friend who was passing through on her way to a conference. I spent half a day there by myself and took the opportunity to visit the exhibition Die Schwarzen Jahre: Geschichte einer Sammlung. 1933 - 1945 at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum. It was... Continue Reading →

Histourism: Berlin

I went to Berlin last week, keen to soak up as much history as I could--and I think I succeeded pretty well. Day 1 After a pretty exhausting ten-hour bus trip, I arrived in the centre of Berlin, and took my sweet time figuring out the public transport system - U-bahn, S-bahn, M-bahn, bus or... Continue Reading →

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