I've heard that its quite a draining place to visit. It's very emotional, and you definitely take something away with you. That being said, half of the people I've spoken to about it who have been there wish they had never gone. It's something that really chilled them and was actually really haunting. But at the same time, they are kind of glad, you know?
It's one of those places that I don't think you could know if you should have gone until you're there. I'm sure it could be quite.. humbling (maybe not the right word) to go and feel all that.
If I were there, I can't be sure if I'd want to go see it or not.
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02-01-2012 22:11 #11
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02-01-2012 22:13 #12
I would go, I went to one in Germany called Dachau. It was quite a big and the feelings that you go through are those that you probably won't experience again. I think you would have more regrets if you didn't go.
02-01-2012 22:15 #13
I would go .. its something I aim to see during my life
I do think it would make everything that happened, much more 'real' ..
its your call though, as long as its not something you will regret NOT seeing (if that makes sense??)
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02-01-2012 22:16 #14
I saw an Oprah show on it a few years ago. I can't remember the guys name, but he was a survivor and wrote a book about his experiences. The first show (2 parter) was him talking about it and his book, and the second was going back there and walking Oprah though it.
It was very moving just seeing that (especially the shoe and clothing display) and it has made me want to go one day just to experience it. That sounds a bit morbid, but I want to go more for the people that made it out. To see what they experienced. The fact that anyone survived is pretty amazing.
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02-01-2012 22:17 #15
cant find the pics - but maybe if you check out some of these pics and it wil give you an idea of how you make emotionally respond?
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02-01-2012 22:20 #16
I have never been to Auschwitz but I have been to Dachau in Germany. I don't regret it for a second. I felt like we were respecting the people that it affected by going there and learning what happened.
However, it is extremely emotional and almost everyone that I have spoke to that has been there, felt the same heaviness that I did. You can really sense the bad things that happened so if you feel that you wouldn't be able to cope with it, then I suggest that you don't go.
As for people disrespecting the place, I didn't see any of that happen there. I found that everyone there "got it". It was extremely eerie to see so many people in one place and it was dead silent because no one felt at ease to talk.
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02-01-2012 22:24 #17
I want to go.
When DH and I take the girls around the world (its a far off dream) in about 10 years, that is high on our list of priorities.
I want my children to see it so that they understand. By the time they are old enough to truly comprehend the horrific nature of the Holocaust it will be another decade past and with each passing year the true horror of that war becomes further removed from our younger generations. It will be important for them to stand IN that space to truly see and understand in the hope that we will never forget what happened and therefore may it never happen again.
I think you should go. Even if its to just stand at the gates and pay your respects.
02-01-2012 22:27 #18Senior Member
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I haven't been there but I did go to q couple of concentration camps in Germany with school when I was 16, very confronting, very emotional but I reccommend anyone given a chance to should.... It is overwhelming an something you will never forget buy I think that is a good thing xx
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02-01-2012 22:34 #19
For me, I couldn't go, my sister went to Auschwitz and Krakow ( where my grandmother was) she said it was terribly painful, very very sad but something we should all go to once in our lives not only to pay your respects but also so we can see it so we will never allow it to happen again , I however don't think I could handle it , the same reason I can't go to Vietnam as it just makes me think of the horror my dad saw, I suppose it depends on if you think you could handle it?
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02-01-2012 22:38 #20
i wouldn't go No way i could.
I think the people who can, are far braver than i!
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