Victoria Janssen recently read and reviewed Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History by Jay Winter for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
The book illuminated a number of different, interesting byways that I plan to explore further. Winter shows a whole range of ways that people and communities mourned their war dead, both during and after the war’s end. Dozens of stories about parents trying to locate and retrieve the bodies of their sons were a sad indicator of many, many more stories that will never be told. It was interesting to read of the industry that arose in response, to help parents travel and to help locate the burials.
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