All over Europe younger generations are searching for new ways of keeping the Second World War alive. These new forms of remembrance blur the boundaries between memory and remembrance, both of which are increasingly driven by the desire for personal experiences.
For this project Roger Cremers photographed: re-enactments, group tourism to former concentration camps, excavations for victims of the battle of Stalingrad and veterans’ memorial services. His photos caused a wave of unease, both nationally and internationally.
Some of the photos were on display in the prestigious Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy. The Sunday Times Magazine praised the way in which Cremers had captured the ‘sometimes troublesome presence’ of the tourists in Auschwitz. He was awarded a first prize in the World Press Photo 2009. For the photo series Streets after Bataclan, about the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, he was awarded the prestigeous Dutch protography prize, a Zilveren Camera 2015 (3rd prize).