Architecture and Memory

Architecture and Memory

Should Historical Buildings Used for Onerous Purposes be Preserved or Not?

Name: T. Gjikoka

Course: World History II

      Architecture plays an essential role in the traces of history, and in most of the cases, it remains unique for cultural and social representation of past into present.   A single monument or architectural work possesses values closely related with peoples’ lives and is a corner stone for the cultural values as well as for the shaping of peoples identity. A monument or a building is associated with a certain historical memory related to its location, purpose, operation, structure but even the social characteristics that it represents.
      In this paper, I shall argue the importance of historical buildings used for onerous purposes, which represent dark periods of the past in two countries, Germany and Albania, thereby creating links between the past and the present. Looking at the cases, I will explain the reasons as well as the operations in the past and present relationship of Auschwitz Concentration Camp built by Germans, and the blight prison in Albania Spaç built for the regimes dissidents. I shall demonstrate that these buildings are essential for the reconciliation of people’s past with its present and should therefore be preserved as monuments.
      In addition, what are Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the Bright Albanian Prison Spaç? How do they represent the past? What is the importance of the relationship between their past and present? For what purpose are they protected today? What is their link with peoples’ life and their social representation? According to my research materials and all articles read for this topic I stand on the pro side of the theme.

Yes, Historical Buildings should be preserved and protected because they have a great importance for their uniqueness as well as for their representation of past into present in most real and alive manner. In order to get the clear...