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How other countries have confronted their difficult pasts

The Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

The white nationalist march at Charlottesville and President Trump's subsequent invocation of "history"and culture" brought the issue of monuments celebrating Confederate figures to the forefront of the national conversation, reigniting centuries' worth of tension in an already divided nation.

Confederate statues have usually been erected to glorify — not simply to remember — the Confederate cause, which is inextricably linked to slavery. Other countries have confronted their controversial pasts in starkly different ways.