““FOR GREATER THAN THE OUTRAGE OF THE WAR IS THAT OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE ABOUT IT; TO BE SURE, THEY TOLERATE THAT IT IS, BUT NOT THAT IT WAS.”
''People will murder man', Marguerite Yourcenar wrote in her tiny booklet 'Thoughts and Aphorisms' and it might just as well have been written down by Karl Kraus. In his play 'Last Days of Mankind' he articulates, in 100 scenes, the little stories of the Great War. The multiple sides of a war that has been proven to be formative of today's Europe.
The title and premise of Kraus' work lies at the basis of this cross-media platform which shows a cross section of the breadth and depth of a four-year commemoration. The emphasis is on the tension between commemoration and remembrance. We memorate what we no longer remember. Monuments, books, images that evoke a past in front of which the majority in Europe feels estranged. War feels a lot like a past and distant story.
However, the whole story is not nearly so. Even recently the Balkan civil war raged at the borders of Europe – symbolically at the place where the First Great War ignited. War as a reminder that for most the memory still cuts too deep to think about.
This cross-media platform seeks to articulate and portray this tension between past en present in the broadest possible way.
Kevin D' heedene
While war is memorized in Western Europe as a historical event - it is reality for other people and other countries. Palestinian Solidarity Protest at the World War One Remembrance Day in Liège shows the paradox between memory and commemoration, between reality and a story.
An unexpected side of the commemoration of the First World War. While for the whole of Europe and outside, the Great War is remembered as a brutal battle not to be repeated - the Serbians celebrate the assassin Gavrilo Princip as a sign of revolt and heroism. A 100 year old conflict shows its relevance today. In this excerpt of the documentary 'Serenade for a Forgotten Country', Bosnia-Herzegovina and its history of war, serves as an example of a question about national identity.
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