Crafting Gentleness

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

More Than Words?

There's a recent news report that highlights the power of words. The Polish Culture Ministry has asked UNESCO to change their official listing of the nazi concentration camp site in Auschwitz in the register of World Heritage Sites, from "the Auschwitz Concentration Camp" to the "former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp". This call for a name change has set off an international argument about memory and commemoration and the adequacies and inadequacies of narratives and histories. More about the story can be found here.


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