A while ago I read a newspaper interview with Anne Ratterman, a 29-year-old Dutchwoman who, “despite having been born 46 years after D-Day”, organizes bus tours to important World War II locations all over Europe. I thought the interview was a little patronizing; for example, … Continue reading Interview: Anne Ratterman (Battlefield Bus Tours)
In “The Art of War”, I put a work of art that has to do with the Second World War in the spotlight. The works I select may be propaganda pieces, antiwar works, or deal more objectively with the war and its aftermath. This week, Polish avant-garde artist Franciszka Themerson’s Soldiers Marching on a Beach and Struggling Figures in a Landscape (both 1946), which I saw at Tate Modern recently.
Like D-Day, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, the 2019 anniversary of the outbreak of World War II has a lovely round number: yesterday, on 1 September 1939, it was precisely 80 years ago. Though this is hardly a date worth celebrating, … Continue reading Re:spect: Clare Hollingworth and the outbreak of World War II