The War I And World War II

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From piles of bodies in no man’s land to Jewish death camps, the level of violence found within World War I and World War II was extreme even for wartime standards. These experiences shaped generations to come through the memories passed on by those who lived through such atrocities. Both Ernst Junger and Art Spiegelman carry on these memories through the book Storm of Steel and graphic novel Maus. Their pieces both give glimpses into the lives of the past and the violence in which those individuals endured. Their portrayal of WWI and WWII parallels the respective authors’ understanding of the nature of each war’s violence, and their ownership to that memory. Furthermore, their emphasis on a particular portrayal of violence serves as a platform to compare WWI and WWII.
Ownership of memory can be defined as the privilege of being able to pass on one’s understanding of past events and having that understanding accepted by the general public. For example, the Holocaust is recognized in the international community as a genocide. Therefore, Holocaust survivors are able have their memory of being genocide victims accepted by the general public. In contrast, Armenians have not been recognized as genocide victims until recently by the international community. This implies a lack of ownership and control of how their experiences as victims are remembered. It is important to note that one’s position in society, or accepted identity and its implications, greatly determines how events…

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