I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives; The unmentionable odour … Continue reading Re:member: wartime echoes in times of corona
This week I visited the Design of the Third Reich exhibition which is currently on at the Design Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It has been enormously popular, with time slots selling out completely even on weekdays. Though in the run-up to the exhibition there was much … Continue reading Re:view: what ‘Design in the Third Reich’ teaches us about design and ideology
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
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, Roy Lichtenstein’s Wall Explosion II (1965), which I was lucky enough to see in real life at Tate Modern recently.
What makes me happiest about starting Re:war are the positive reactions I get when I tell people about it. When I told my good friend Hannah about Re:war, she was incredibly excited and came up with all kinds of ideas for articles to contribute. Hannah … Continue reading Re:reading WWII in the digital age [guest blog]
I’m proud to publish Re:war’s first guest blog, written by Lindsey Bannister (UK). Lindsey and I share a love for the HBO show Band of Brothers, which follows a company of US paratroopers from D-day to VE-day. Lindsey and her friend Jo have been touring significant locations from World War II for years, following in the footsteps of the soldiers portrayed in the show.
When I logged onto Twitter on the morning of September 11, the first thing that caught my eye was the trending hashtag #neverforget. I wondered briefly why these two words were trending – then, of course, I remembered it was 9/11. The reason I was confused is because I primarily associate the words ‘Never forget’ with the Holocaust, and Auschwitz in particular. I thought it would be interesting to delve into the history of this slogan, and to examine why it has become more universal in American culture.