a memorial for all wars: the Polynational War Memorial





The Polynational War Memorial

The Polynational War Memorial is an architectonic and conceptual proposal for a global war memorial to commemorate all who died in all wars since 1945, and for an organization that will work on a global level with education, research and diplomacy.

This website presents the concept and the proposal in detail, and information about the latest acheivements. It also includes a database with physical and online memorials, and articles about commemoration culture.

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Notes on the Online Memorial Collection
posted: 2016-07-19| by: Jon Brunberg

When you’re contemplating the features and functions of contemporary war memorials, it’s almost impossible not to take the names of the killed into consideration. When I begun to work on the Polynational War Memorial project in 2004 I decided that I would follow that convention and make the names of all soldiers and civilians killed because of acts of war a fundamental part of the design.  And I started to gather all those link in a separate section called "The Online Memorial Collection". This article discuss the importance of names and numbers.


Contrasting impressions on Omaha Beach
posted: 2013-08-19| by: Jon Brunberg

Wanås Master Plan: documentation video
posted: 2013-08-13| by: Jon Brunberg

Le Mémorial in Caen - Narratives of War and Peace
posted: 2009-11-18| by: Jon Brunberg

Workshop Dossin-Mechelen Report
posted: 2007-03-22| by: Jon Brunberg

The desolate silence of minimalism
posted: 2007-03-22| by: Kieran Long

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Soviet War Memorial in Berlin (Tiergarten)

This war memorial was built to honour the Soviet soldiers that fell in the battles against the German army in the Second World War. It was located at the 17 June Street very close to the German parliament - the Reichstag.


Mamayev Kurgan - Soviet World War II Memorial


Sowjetisches Ehrenmal in Treptower Park, Berlin (Soviet War Memorial)

-[javascript:openimg("imgmem/ehrenmal/sculpture.jpg","img3",620,540)]+[]- Sowjetisches Ehrenmal, the memorial to the Soviet forces, which is located in the heart of the Treptower Park close to former East Berlin’s embassy quarters, is perhaps one of Berlin’s most spectacular memorials. It was commissioned by the Soviet Union to be a memorial for the Red Army soldiers that fell in the battle of Berlin and was built in 1948.


Memorial to Polish Soldiers and German Anti-Fascists in Berlin

This memorial was dedicated in 1972 to honour the Polish soldiers and German resistance that were killed in World War II. It is located at Virschow Strasse in the Friedrichain Park in former East Berlin.



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Learning by numbers
posted: 2016-07-31 | Stockholm

This summer's quite comprehensive refurbishing of this website is drawing to a close. It's been a big relief to be able to devote time to mend broken links, improve the code, squash a number of bugs and redesign parts of the site. But the project also reached a saddening milestone. 


Update Log 2018
posted: 2018-07-21 | Stockholm

It's time for the annual update of the databases and functions at this site, and as usual the update will proceed in steps. This article is a log of the changes and will be updated continously.

War Database Update Log 2017
posted: 2017-06-04 | Stockholm

The update of the war database has commenced and will continue for the month of June 2017. It will begin with battle-related fatalities from UCDP:s battle-related deaths dataset covering the wars of 2015. As usually updated figures regarding battle-deaths, one-sided violence and non-state conflicts will be published continuously, conflict-by-conflict, which makes the total number of deaths incomplete during the update period.

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Number of names in the Online War Memorials Collection



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