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Thread: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

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    Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I want to visit all the lovely places in Germany with my daughter, but I also want to visit the unlovely places as well. Thoughts?

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I think it's a matter of personal interest and sense of comfort. I would not visit them, myself. I can see why some, especially history buffs, would want to visit the concentration sites. However, I would lose my sense of wellbeing. If you are comfortable with it, though, and your daughter is old enough and has an interest in them, it might be worth the trip. If I was on vacation, though, I would stick with the lovely places.
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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    Personally, I can't tolerate to go in that place. I saw a movie Schindler's list. It was horrible. I just want to see the good places. I want to create a good memory while I'm there. Not the torture and death that happened in the past. I saw some historical places like the bridge of Remagen and others, but not that one. I guess it's up to you and your daughter if you want to see it or not. If you think you can see it, then it's okay. There is nothing wrong with going there.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    It all depends on what you're comfortable with...to me, especially with a child, the history lesson could be given without visiting the actual sites of so much devastation. I would have a very hard time being there. Still, I'm sure there are merits to going, as well.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    There is a huge chance some of my distant relatives died in one of those camps, so I'm not sure this would be a good place to visit. I might visit it with my children once they're old enough, I think it would be a really special trip... with a lot meaning to us. A lot sephardic jews died over there, not only ashkenazi. I've both sephardic and ashkenazi roots on my mother side, so I think I should really visit this place with my children.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I would visit because I think it's good to remember, even if it's not pleasant. I think it's a good cautionary tale about what happens when you follow someone against your better judgement just because they offer you the moon and stars. Keep in mind, Hitler misled many people at first. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was on Time Magazine as man of year.

    I think it also shows homage to the people who lost their lives because of what happened. In my opinion, you're honoring them by seeing these camps. You're also proving that they will not be forgotten. It's the least I can do.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I'd love to go. Obviously they have a very dark history but that just makes it another interesting thing to see in this world. It's a new, different kind of experience so go for it!

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I wouldn't advice you to that. A lot of negative energy is associated to places where tragic incidents took place and you may end up absorbing some of it. It would be best to visit all the other places and give the concentration camps a wide berth.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    Quote Originally Posted by Eva View Post
    I think it's a matter of personal interest and sense of comfort. I would not visit them, myself. I can see why some, especially history buffs, would want to visit the concentration sites. However, I would lose my sense of wellbeing. If you are comfortable with it, though, and your daughter is old enough and has an interest in them, it might be worth the trip. If I was on vacation, though, I would stick with the lovely places.
    I agree with Eva. It's all a matter of your own personal preferences and what lessons you would like to teach your daughter while she's there. If she seems to be interested in that sort of thing then you could go along with her; but personally, I couldn't stand going into places such as those. I can't bear to think of how many people were tortured and killed in places such as those. That would just break my heart.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I, for one, would chose those to be the first places I visit. First of all, because I'm very interested in both World Wars and everything about them. It's a very important piece of history, the events that took place marked a lot of turns in the human history and I would like to learn as many things as possible about them. Then, I would go to the 'happy places', but self-education comes first.

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    Re: Should you visit the concentration camp sites...or not???

    I wouldn't advise you to allow your little girl to visit the concentration camps.

    These places can scar you for life psychologically. Especially if it's a child. It's not a place you want to visit if you are under 18.

    The concentration camps are gruesome. People were starved, mass-murdered in the gas chambers and then cremated. Maybe it's a better idea to visit them when she is older.

 

 

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