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Statues, the Second World War and the battle over memory

The war is still steeped in cosy memories

This new book is well timed, although it focuses on symbols of the Second World War—from China to Russia, the Philippines, Lithuania, Hungary and Japan. These are the monuments, sculptures, parks and tombs built to mark “a titanic struggle between good and evil” between 1939 and 1945.

Lowe’s focus runs deeper than mere aesthetics. While the Rhodes Must Fall campaign has gained traction and Poland removed its monuments to Communism, he notes that, globally, few…

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