^Nobody who ever was at Auschwitz would write such a thing.
in Europe it's very common to go visit nazi concentration camp as part of our school program.
So Yes I've been there, and yes it's weird & sad, it's part of the world's history.
And the OP made this thread because of this article."Mass tourism here is a good thing," says Andrew Klosinski, a Polish guide for Odysseys Unlimited, the operator of our small group tour. "The more people who come here, the better. There are no longer survivors to tell their stories. Teenagers today have only secondhand information, and it is so easy to forget." Eyeing a swelling crowd pushing beneath the iron entrance gates, he adds: "The horrors of this place are unbelievable. The only thing worse would be to forget them."
It gets a 7 on the list of Poland's Top Ten Tourist Attractions
No, I had a chance and I passed it up because I had heard that it is very sad, depressing, and emotional to see it. I was on vacation and wanted to enjoy myself. I sometimes wonder if I should have seen it. I understand that there are pictures of items taken from the victims, lists of names, etc and the enormity of it reaches you when words cannot. It should never be forgotten.
The fact is that he said he had the chance to go and declined because he has "personal ethics about exploitation and voyeurism in regards to these kinds of things. I find the whole process of tourism to cites of atrocities horrifying."
He called it a tourist attraction. I didn't.
As for the article mentioned by the OP, I imagine that while we've all seen the images on TV, it's one of those places that, until you've visited it, you can't quite comprehend the sheer scale of the operation. I've seen the BBC series 'Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution' several times, and each time I've been left incredulous that it happened. You'd think that after that, mankind wouldn't let it happen again, but we have and it does - albeit on a smaller scale - so we've learned nothing about ethnic and racial cleansing...
He already stated that he never intended to imply that. So obviously he isn't actually calling it a tourist attraction. So the only problem here is that you're re-implying that is what he meant and said.The fact is that he said he had the chance to go and declined because he has "personal ethics about exploitation and voyeurism in regards to these kinds of things. I find the whole process of tourism to cites of atrocities horrifying."
He called it a tourist attraction. I didn't.
As someone who has visited them.
Let me tell you it is not voyeurism.
It is not tourism.
It is a reminder of the banality of evil. Of how criminals can gain control of the state and perpetrate crimes beyond imagining. All with the help of a well organized mind of an architect and the means provided by industry.
It is an object lesson in how humans cynically work to de-humanize their fellow humans...to reduce them to sub-human...to create an 'other' sub-group, whether Jews or homosexuals or gypsies and to convince otherwise sane and rational middle class people to buy into the notion of man and super man.
I have been there and my heart still aches from the experience.
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honestly, there's a lot of places that i've been to where horrible things have happened to people but i have no choice but to pass through there for example: ground zero/the world trade center. sure, i would go to visit. if i thought like how you're thinking where i wouldn't go to somewhere where people have got murdered, died in car wrecks, tragedies happened and etc, i wouldn't leave home. there's plenty of places where people have died, horrific things have happened and you wouldn't even know.
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There are a couple places here that have had murders (one was big news when it happened back a number of years ago) i wouldn't go in those buildings (and yes I've had the chance to do so)...
If for some reason I was ever in NY I'd be ok with ground zero/world trade center (but lets say it had been a mass-murder and the building survived..deff wouldn't go in)
I'm from Belgium and when I was 15 we had a 'Nazi-Week' at school. Where we saw documentaries and movies like 'Schindler's List', we also went to Breendonk (a little Auschwitz in Belgium), and visit lots of museums in Belgium and Germany. I personally think that every 15-16year old should experience such a week. It made me more mature, made me respect others and most of all you learn about the value of life. I still get emotional thinking about it.
The Gorecki video: I've not seen this video of the second movement. It was lovely. Thanks for posting. I have the Dawn Upshaw version which is strikingly beautiful.
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