Posted in A2 Sociology: Religion

A2 Beliefs: holocaust memorial – sacred place

This file photo taken on 6 August, 2010 shows two tourists jumping over the concrete steles of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.Safanah has shared this article about behaviour of people at a holocaust memorial. Some are deeply offended by their actions whilst other argue that it is fine because it is not a sacred place. It reminded Safanah of Durkheim and Bellah’s ideas about the sacred and profane and civil religion.

“It’s like a catholic church, it’s a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground.”
Man juggle balls at memorial site
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Sociology and Media Studies teacher at Hazelwick School, West Sussex. Former teacher at Felpham Community College and Doha College

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