Alles Vergeht, Alles Verweht: Orphaned Heritage of Denmark’s Atlantic Wall.

Author(s): Camilla Damlund

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "“We Go to Gain a Little Patch of Ground. That hath in it no profit but the name”: Revolutionary Research in Archaeologies of Conflict" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The most obvious enduring evidence of WWII in Denmark is the concrete bunkers dotting the landscape. On the west coast, the structures were part of the enormous chain of bunkers that created the Atlantic Wall. The bunkers remain today and have become an integral part of the landscape of the west coast. This paper seeks to explore the ways in which the structures have been assimilated into Danish culture, and how the Danish people react to and engage with them. It will also explore the way this dark heritage from the war, something built at the behest of the German occupying force, has been reclaimed by the Danish, and has been made simultaneously both important and unimportant in terms of the Danish culture.

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Alles Vergeht, Alles Verweht: Orphaned Heritage of Denmark’s Atlantic Wall.. Camilla Damlund. 2020 ( tDAR id: 456779)


conflict archaeology Denmark World War II

Geographic Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Early 20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: 8.093; min lat: 54.562 ; max long: 15.138; max lat: 57.736 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 298