seadog, on 10 March 2012 - 09:50 AM, said:
Phil this is not a discussion on how another country treats its war dead and of course that is entirely up to them. This topic relates to the display of human remains which are viewable by the public from the car park of the memorial (yes I know that the view is sometimes curtained off) and which is accessible for all both to stare at and photograph, though why anyone would want a photo of such a scene is beyond me. Surely it would be better in these modern times to block the windows and perhaps have a specimen display of bones and skulls within the memorial itself with explanatory details informing the casual visitor just what these remains signify. If done properly using modern display techniques then this could have a greater impact on the visitor than the present peep-show which has directly led to the latest problem.
I'm sorry, but you are not French, do not live in France, and, frankly, have no right to go on about other people's cultural practices. I, for one, can't understand the great British cultural practice of going out on Saturday evenings with the express intention of getting paralytic. Other countries don't understand the British practice of completely ignoring a burial after the funeral and never going to the cemetery again. Where I live every family grave is regularly washed and scrubbed and flowers and a blessing is given every November 1 and 2 with entire families present right across the cemeteries).
There are probably German remains in the ossuary, how would there not be and how would you tell; a bone is a bone.
Yes, there is a shop in the ossuary sort of basement. They sell maps and postcards and books, and you can go up the tower if you want and pay the fee. So what?
Westminster Abbey have some sort of shop, so do most cathedrals in Europe.
If you are offended, don't go. Don't try to force your feelings on other people.