Title
Local memory : social remembrance of the Second World War in Flanders Local memory : social remembrance of the Second World War in Flanders
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Bruxelles ,
Subject
Linguistics
Literature
History
Source (journal)
Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire / Société pour le progrès des études philologiques et historiques [Bruxelles] - Bruxelles, 1922, currens
Volume/pages
92(2014) :2 , p. 545-574
ISSN
0035-0818
ISI
000350703100011
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This contribution aims to offer an alternative take on the canonical views on collective memories of World War II in Flanders and Belgium. This canonical memory literature is still strongly based on memory construction by elites and as such it often uses rigid political categories to define collective memories (Catholic vs. non-Catholic, Flemish vs. Walloon etc.). Using 197 interviews on the topics of collaboration, resistance, local government and postwar purges, the article tackles war memory 'from below'. The results show that local social networks predominantly determine these memories. For a large part, these local memories are detached from (scholarly) historic research or national memory. This local embedding partly explains the most unexpected result of this research: the strong uniformity of memories among the different political or ideological categories. This article is therefore also a call for more research on the social networks of war memories in Belgium, beyond the Flemish-Walloon linguistic division.
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