Monday, May 23, 2005

For the victims of war and tyranny

This memorial in Berlin's Neue Wache (or "New" Guardhouse) has represented a number of things since its time as a memorial for the dead of the First World War. Its purpose changed during the Nazi regime, and again under the Communist East German state. Today it stands for all the victims of War and Tyranny (Den Opfern der Kriege und der Gewaltherrschaft).

Sometimes we are asked to consider whether perpretators can be victims too... We'll probably be confronting that one in Northern Ireland in a couple of years, if peace holds.

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