Memory as paying business
Getting a battlefield, the site of tragedy or a memorial museum onto Unesco's World Heritage List is now a shrewd way to increase tourist
Publisher: Le Monde diplomatique
Date Written: 01/09/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21917
A look at how memorials and sites of great tragedy are now being exploited for financial gain as tourist destinations.
The Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Memory Park in Buenos Aires, the Shoah memorial at Drancy (France), the stupa to the victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York are all less than a decade old. They bear witness to a desire to anchor memory with symbolic sites, and their key feature is that they were designed from the start to cater to tourists. since many visitors now have no direct connection to the tragedies they commemorate.