Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Liberation monuments and the passage of time.. number 1
So I wonder now, in a country with a significant contemporary Russian population, where Russians are significant investors, what resonance this memorial has, almost seventy years after the end of the war?
So while Riga Old Town transforms itself into a 'party city', across the Daugava the ancient trams rattle past a reminder of a violent past that seems to have been sidelined.. a moment of history that certainly needs remembering but which seems strangely at odds with modern Latvia. Has anyone considered removing the machine-gun waving soldiers, to make the monument less militaristic?