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"Now you have visited the war": the search for fallen soldiers in Russia
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2040-913X
2018 (English)In: Heritage of death: landscapes of emotion, memory and practice / [ed] Mattias Frihammar, Helaine Silverman, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 131-144Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Millions of soldiers are still lying unburied on the Russian battlefields from the Second World War. Voluntary search units are trying to find and bury the remains of these soldiers and, if possible, identify them. Speaking about the war in the present tense when referring to the battlefields, this movement attempts to bring closure to the war seventy years after its end. The prime means to achieve this end is a proper burial. The search units spend extended amounts of time on the battlefields and build intimate knowledge of the area. The search units acts as both visitors and hosts of the battlefields, inviting others to come and see for themselves. The visitors they hosts fall into two major categories, relatives of fallen soldiers and tour participants. The act of visiting and spending time on the battlefields is part of connecting past and present, but the unfished business of unburied remains also makes the movement consider the past as present. All types of visits have a strong emphasis on commemoration and a ritual dimension, which links this practice to other practices termed pilgrimage.

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London: Routledge, 2018. p. 131-144
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Routledge Cultural Heritage and Tourism Series
Keywords [en]
Heritage, Human Remains, Second World War, Dark tourism, Memory Politics
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144932Libris ID: 22485574ISBN: 9781138217515 (print)ISBN: 9781315440200 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144932DiVA, id: diva2:1180953
Available from: 2018-02-07 Created: 2018-02-07 Last updated: 2018-03-02Bibliographically approved

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