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From Empire to Republic

Peter Berger
Günter Bischof
Fritz Plasser

II. Costs of War: Social/Mental/Cultural Legacies

Memory-Landscapes of the First World War: The Southwestern Front in Present-Day Italy, Austria and Slovenia

Gunda Barth-Scalmani

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For men living at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the First World War dates back nearly hundred years. Thus it belongs to a past time no eye witness can any longer describe. Traces of memories of those who lived through the First World War and survived are fading in the memories of families, as this war has already been over some three to four generations.

The experiences of grandparents cannot be directly told to grandchildren any more: That means that the perspective of women as well as men as they personally experienced war with its gender-different roles, expectations and challenges does not exist any more in the realms of oral history. They might be known to their descendants from the inscriptions on family gravestones, and men might be commemorated in the local war memorials — often combined with those lost in the Second World War — existing in nearly every Alpine village.

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Private commemoration for a dead soldier (© G. Barth-Scalmani 2006).

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