A Memorial in Exile

A memorial in Exile in London’s Olympics: Orbits of Responsibility

Essay by Susan Schuppli
openDemocracy, 2 July 2012

Arcelor Mittal is not taking sides in this debate without engagement or prior agreement of the local communities and local / international stakeholders concerned. The company has always shared the aim of finding a long-term solution and will remain prepared to participate in discussions or co-operate fully with any agreed solution concerning this sensitive topic. (5 May 2012)

In 2005 ArcelorMittal made a commitment to finance and build a memorial on the grounds of Omarska, the site of the most notorious concentration camp of the Bosnian war. Twenty years after the war crimes committed there, still no space of public commemoration exists. Grounds, buildings, and equipment once used for extermination now serve a commercial enterprise run by the world’s largest steel producer. In the absence of this promised memorial, London’s Olympic landmark – the ArcelorMittal Orbit ­- must be reclaimed as The Omarska Memorial in Exile.


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