Personally, I couldn't go. There is nothing that makes me lose my will to live and turns me into a mental case quite like thinking about that if you think you will regret it then maybe you should, but in my case I think it would do more harm than good.
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02-01-2012 21:38 #21
02-01-2012 21:40 #22
Thanks everyone for the replies.
I do agree that the clothes and shoes display would be incredibly hard - especially the children's clothes (apparently there are very small clothes and shoes on display ). I think it would be incredibly moving, eerie, harrowing...very difficult to see.
To begin with I thought it was disrespectful to see (I really dislike how places like this are turned into tourist attractions), but I have been assured that it's actually a museum, and it's for the greater good, to carry on the memory and history of the atrocities which occured there. And that makes sense. If anything, I will stand at the gates, as pp suggested.
The website states that small children shouldn't attend, so I suppose my sister and I would take it in turns *if* I decided to go...maybe I should just assess it when I get there...
02-01-2012 21:40 #23Senior Member
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Personally I don't want to go and I never will. I know I will find it extremely distressing and very upsetting. I know what happened, I have read the stories, I have seen it on TV, I don't feel the need to see it in person. I would not feel regret for not going.
I went to Hiroshima last year and I found that very upsetting and sad. It was worth seeing the city and the peace gardens, but I did not go into the museum, I found it too overwhelming as it was without having to see the pictures and relics. Instead I sat in the peace park in the sun and enjoyed how the city has rebuilt itself instead.
Its a personal choice. Do what feels right for you, not what people think you should do. If you feel that it would be too much for you, then don't go.
02-01-2012 21:48 #24
I would go in a heartbeat. My favourite book is 'Night' by Ellie Wiesel. I saw him on Oprah ages ago and they went back there to look around....sooo moving.
02-01-2012 21:50 #25
you don't have to decide yet - if i was in your situation i would look at the website for the musuem and get my head around it all. not only the history but also the motivations of the musuem and see how you feel about it then.
for me, i don't see it as disrespectful. if i was to go, it would be to recognise that every shoe, dress, ponytail, suitcase was connected to a person. Back then they may have felt they passed over with noone recognising the truth. They were invisible. By going for me, it personalises it - they become REAL ppl and are no longer invisible. I think that is why I would go.
I also think that for me until I saw the pictures I didn't quite comprehend how caculated, organised and offical it was. It was a business. I can't imagine how much more confronting that would be seeing it IRL, but I think the juxtoposition between all those individuals and the actual business of the factory.
02-01-2012 22:10 #26
I couldn't go. Just reading this thread has me feeling distressed and teary (children's shoes? I can't cope with that mental picture), no way I could handle being there.
Its a very personal thing though. Go with your gut when you're over there.
02-01-2012 22:16 #27
My sister went while she was in Europe last year. She said it was quite confronting, sobering and sad, but she doesn't regret it at all. She's said it's made her appreciate how good we've got it, and wouldn't change a thing about visiting.
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02-01-2012 22:32 #28
02-01-2012 22:34 #29
i would like to go one day. it would been a very emotional im sure but also very interesting.
i find the jewish museum in sydney to be a quite intriguing.
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02-01-2012 22:37 #30
It is somewhere that I definitely want to go when I am in Europe. I went to the war museum in Vietnam and found that pretty confronting.
For me, I need to see things to properly understand them. I had heard about things that happened in Vietnam but it wasn't until standing in the museum that it felt real to me.
I can understand how seeing those kinds of things won't appeal to everyone though.
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