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Everyone should visit Auschwitz
Member Name: nodbod1
Advantages: Brings the history to life, Moving and thought provoking
Disadvantages: Incredibly sad
I've actually been to Auschwitz twice as I went to Krakow with two different sets of friends. The first time we got the public bus there and the second time we joined a coach trip. The coach was easier and wasn't particularly expensive. They show you a video on the way.
You can learn about the Holocaust at school or on TV but nothing really makes it seem real like a trip to Auschwitz does. I really do think it's a place that everyone especially politicians and people in power should visit to learn about the effects of hate and discrimination.
Of course it's not an 'enjoyable' trip as such but it's incredibly moving and thought provoking. When you visit the camps it really does make it seem real. For me the things that really upset me was the piles of human hair that are on display and the piles of shoes - It makes you realise just how many people were killed in concentration camps and brings home the horrendous way people were treated.
As I've already said, I think it's important that people do visit to remember the dead but also to hopefully make people think in the hope that nothing like that ever happens again.
Summary: Visit if you can.