Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France) - Nécropole Nationale de Notre-Dame de Lorette - part 4

by Björn Roose February. 16, 2019 650 views
That "spot" on the name of Harry Potter, that is not a coincidence. Thousands of people have put their finger on it ...

That "spot" on the name of Harry Potter, that is not a coincidence. Thousands of people have put their finger on it ...

Since 2014 there's a new memorial site right in front of the "national necropolis" (see here, here and here): an international memorial.

It honours the 580.000 soldiers that died in the area Nord-Pas-de-Calais during World War I. And, of course, it attracts lots of tourists (war tourism has become rather important to this region and the neighbouring part of Flanders, especially since 2014, a hundred years after the war started).

Moreover, it invites people to - yeah, I know, it's not very serious - go looking for certain names. And not all of the names looked for are those of relatives ...

Bolland & Bolland

Bolland & Bolland

Bolland & Bolland

Bolland & Bolland

William Lawson, not only whiskey

William Lawson, not only whiskey

Yep, Karl Marx died twice.

Yep, Karl Marx died twice.

Offers and officers ...

Offers and officers ...

Soldat Fritz (soldier Fritz)

Soldat Fritz (soldier Fritz)

Kaiser Wilhelm died three times on the battlefield ...

Kaiser Wilhelm died three times on the battlefield ...

... and Christmas died many more times ...

... and Christmas died many more times ...

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Can G 1 year, 9 months ago

I think it's good that those brave people are honoured this way. Seeing all these names gives the casaulties of war kind of a "face". And I also think that the invitation to look for names is a good thing, because it pulls the visitor into enganging with the memorial, instead of just passing by. And is also suitable to "spread the word", just as your post now was engaging us (the readers) with that history.

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Björn Roose Replied to Can G 1 year, 9 months ago

Amen to that.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

Nicely done the name game. As long as it is done with respect, no problem.

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Björn Roose Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm sure even doing it "with respect" is enough to offend somebody somewhere. And everybody has the right to feel offended. But that doesn't mean we all have to tiptoe through the world smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 9 months ago

I have to tiptoe everyday at work. Lets say we have a conflict between cultures. Understandig has to come from both sides.

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Björn Roose Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

Which will never happen if you're avoiding conflict, no ? smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 9 months ago

True

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Sad and funny at the same time. A tragedy turned into comedy

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Well, it's a monument for something which you could basically call both a comedy and a tragedy. Something like Shakespeare's "All's well that ends well". It started as a tragedy, was turned into a comedy by the major players in the game, turned back into a tragedy for four years, but ended "happily" (like a comedy) with the signing of the peace treaties.

Of course these peace treaties eventually served as a good reason for the Second World War, thus causing another tragedy. Cause and effect and cause and effect and ... Maybe there's just no comedy without tragedy ...

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