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photoblog image War memorial, Pula, Croatia,

War memorial, Pula, Croatia,

 

The inscription reads: "For the fighters of the people's struggle for liberation and the victims of fascism, 1941 - 1945.  The people of Istria."

 

 

War memorial, Pula, Croatia,

 

The inscription reads: "For the fighters of the people's struggle for liberation and the victims of fascism, 1941 - 1945.  The people of Istria."

 

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jan 2015, 00:59
Strange, perpetually tearing part of the World, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Ray.
This is a spectacular monument showing the sacrifices of the figures and the victorious man on top...
this is well done in B&W Tom....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Peter.
Powerful.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth.
Quite a powerful image Tom!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jan 2015, 06:26
Well I suppose this is a sentiment well worth recording Tom - powerful eh!
Tom Wilson: It is, Chris - I was impressed.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jan 2015, 06:31
To be free in a world where nothing is for free. Always a strange concept to me.

A dramatic monument and a great b&w.

Something that always, sort of worries me. When your country is taken over by another people, why is it that if you continue trading with the government, which is now the occupiers, you are a traitorous type. You still have your own family to look after and it is not as if those that refer to you as a traitor, are actually going to do something to help you. And if this occupation is of a long duration? I agree that a person actually turning against his own people may be considered a traitor. But not for co-existing.

And to think one day there will be a monument like this in Iraq or Afghanistan "For the fighters of the people's struggle for liberation and the victims of imperialistic capitalism, 2004 - 2014". And if you were an Afghani on which side must you be in the endless wars? The warlord, the Afghan cause, the Russians, the Western powers? Should you have a family - knowing that if you do, you must be able to look after them. That would mean trading/working with one of the parties. And how do you choose the right one?

I like Ray's "perpetually tearing part of the World". All this while people have lofty ideas of Universalism, etc.
Tom Wilson: All difficult questions, Louis - to which I have no real answer. It seems to be in the nature of man to go to war, regardless of the fact that no one ever "wins".
The stories these war memorials tell!
Tom Wilson: They do indeed, Ginnie - if only we could do without them!
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 14 Jan 2015, 09:28
There are certain things that any self-respecting country needs to show that it is a serious player on the world stage. One of those things seems to be a war memorial Tom.
Tom Wilson: I don't think I've seen a war memorial in Sweden - it is such a long time since they were involved in one!
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jan 2015, 10:19
Powerful image Tom shame it has to happen.
Tom Wilson: I agree with you there!
A victorious monument indeed Tom
Tom Wilson: I thought it was a quite impressive piece of work.
A very powerful monument isn't it.
Tom Wilson: I thought so, Brian.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jan 2015, 17:24
...but then at the time of the dedication wasn't this part of Yugoslavia and so run by a dictator? Still, the principle is sound and its n impressive memorial.
Tom Wilson: You are right, Alan - but you'll also notice that the dedication refers to "the people of Istria" - the region within which Pula is located and, presumably, it was OK, particularly as the name goes back to Roman times smile They wouldn't have been able to say "the people of Croatia"!
A very dramatic memorial. Louis has made some interesting comments. puts me in mind of the expression...one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

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