I'm going to Europe this year (woohoo, sounds good to say THIS year ). My sister and I are finalising our itinerary...she wishes to travel to Poland to visit Auschwitz. She studied modern history at uni, and so this is something which she is interested in seeing.
I'm very open to travelling anywhere, so I said I would come to Poland too but that I don't wish to visit Aushwitz...I don't know if I could emotionally deal with it. I definitely couldn't deal with seeing tourists being disrespectful at the site - something which I have experienced elsewhere in my travels.
I was speaking to a friend about this, and she said that everyone must see it at least once. She said it's extremely moving and she believes it shows respect to see it. She has planted a seed of doubt in my mind. I don't want to travel all that way and regret not seeing it. But I also don't know if I wish to see something to harrowing and chilling.
I even feel uneasy writing this post, as if i'm talking about a tourist attraction
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02-01-2012 20:49 #1
**possibly distressing** Have you been to Auschwitz? Would you go?
02-01-2012 20:54 #2
Dont think i could go but id like to, just to see what Gma went through during the war & why she's the way she is now.
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02-01-2012 20:55 #3
I would go.
There's nothing wrong with getting emotional... I'm sure you wouldn't be the only one who got that way at a place like that.
I'd find it interesting (in a kind of depressing way) to visit, and I think I'd regret not going if I had the opportunity but didn't take it.
02-01-2012 20:56 #4
Go with your gut.
Although I appreciate that it is a unique and important historical site, I'm not sure I personally would have the emotional fortitude to visit. I suspect it would make me extremely anxious and give me nightmares.
Do you *need* to see it?
Visiting is quite an ordeal from what I have heard
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02-01-2012 21:04 #5Senior Member
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I will go one day.
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02-01-2012 21:04 #6
Yes I think if I was there I would go to see it, it wouldn't be easy and I wouldn't enjoy it - but I dunno - I think I would have to go. Not sure how to put it into words - I guess that partially a respect thing and also to truly understand the world you kinda have to face ALL of it.
02-01-2012 21:06 #7
a friend of a friend has alot of pictures up on FB - I can see if I can find them. They were very emotive and made me cry, in particular a massive display of shoes.
02-01-2012 21:08 #8
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02-01-2012 21:09 #9
I know what you mean, I even found the war memorial in Canberra very emotional.
I think I would at least attempt to see it. I wonder if there is an area you could wait for your sister if you felt that going through it all was too upsetting?
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02-01-2012 21:09 #10
I didn't go to Auschwitz, but did go to Matthausen in Austria which was a smaller camp. It was a very emotional place to visit and whilst not *pleasant*, I felt that it was important for me to see it and don't regret it at all. I will say though that people experience things in different ways and they don't sit right with everyone - one of the girls in our group had not problems with putting her hand on one of the operating tables and touching the walls of the gas chambers, but I couldn't bring myself to touch anything like that.
My bff went to Auschwitz and said thay everyone was very respectful and there were signs up saying that it is "a place for quiet contemplation" so you would hope that people who have a mind to go there would respect that.
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