Hier Landete

Among the numerous Holocaust memorials the Stolpersteine by the artist Gunter Demnig produce a particular impression. As known, they commemorate in hundreds of European towns the victims of Nazi genocide, in the form of brass paving stones placed in front of their homes, before they were deported to the concentration camps. Let's say first that our project applauds this initiative and recognizes its contribution to the struggle against injustices and the memory of the victims. And yet nowadays other deportations, other concentration camps, other holocausts continue to happen. Friedrich Nietzsche taught us (On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, 1874) that History makes no sense as a death discipline documenting the past, but it should be a living source to act in the present. In this sense, unfortunately often historical rigor is instrumentalized, certain events of the past are privileged, certain groups are victimized. In short, monuments commemorating past injustices are used as a pretext for, somehow, mask present holocausts. But in fact these past events and the present ones are too much similar to be justifiable to look to other way, even when this looking to other way is commemorating any type of victims. Indeed, if commemorating injustices of the past is necessary, it is even more necessary, since they can still be partially avoided, to give visibility to the injustices happening in the present.

Image [aw] after Gunter Demnig's Stolpersteine (1992-2014) [fu/fd] and data from CIA's illegal flights [fu/fd].