STUDENT'S RESEARCH

The Hartmannswillerkopf

as an example of Shared Narratives

 

A case study by Vanessa Spindler 

As a strategic position by both the French and German armies in World War I (1914-18), the Hartmannswillerkopf, a peak in the southern Vosges mountains, has great emotional weight for both countries. In the best sense, it is a place of shared history and heritage. The monument represents the first symbolic commemoration of a hostile period in Franco-German history after the current peace agreement.

By visiting the memorial site, I try to answer the question whether memorials like the Hartmannswillerkopf help to create a dialogical memory of history for future generations? And what role does the narrative that is realized play in conveying memorials like these?

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PHOTOS: Monuments at Hartmannswillerkopf (2) / Historial and Cemetery Hartmannswillerkopf (2) (sources and copyright: Vanessa Spindler / Visit Alsace)