Quand tombe la frontière… Appropriation mémorielle et processus de patrimonialisation du « mur de l’Atlantique » en Normandie occidentale

Abstract : The concept of frontier could have radically changed, sometimes leading to the rapid construction of fortifications, like the coastal defenses built in 1940 in Western Europe by the German forces and popularized as the "Atlantic Wall". This architectural achievement, provided a defensive function and some propaganda material to the Nazi regime. Over the decades, this heritage from the dark time of the Occupation was a part of a continuous process of patrimonialization, driven by the development of memory tourism as part of a regional development strategy. This contribution proposes to return to the management of these vestiges, by focusing in particular on the D-Day landing beaches and the future of the "Atlantic Wall" in Normandy, to publicize the action of the public authorities, especially the role of the Historic Monuments Service since the end of the WW II. From building’s reuse in a devastated region by the fighting to the need of memory, this article exposes the various factors which contributed to the progressive patrimonialization of these vestiges.
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Marie-Laure Loizeau, Jean-Luc Leleu. Quand tombe la frontière… Appropriation mémorielle et processus de patrimonialisation du « mur de l’Atlantique » en Normandie occidentale. In Situ : Revue des patrimoines, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Direction de l'architecture et du patrimoine, [Sous-direction des études, de la documentation et de l'Inventaire], 2019. ⟨hal-02067512⟩

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