Concentration Camp Tour Berlin or Prague

Feb 25th, 2004, 01:37 PM
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If you're going to read a book before you go, Primo Levi's 'If this is a man' describes his time in a concentration camp; it is very powerful and humbling.

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Feb 25th, 2004, 04:00 PM
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I am Jewish and I see nothing wrong with visiting concentration camps. I have been to Sachenhausen but not to Terezin.

Why visit concentration camps?

I lost many members of my extended family in the camps. These were not people I personally knew nor were they close relations. I always thought ALL my family was in the US until I began to do genealogy. Then I learned that my relatives too were lost in The Holocaust.

I went to Sachenhausen as some people might go to the cemetery to pay tribute to deceased relatives. For some people, a visit to a concentration camp is a way to honor deceased relatives who have no tombstones.

No matter what camp you visit, you cannot fail to be moved. Please note that you will see pebbles on many of the markers of sites where the barracks stood at Sachenhausen. A traditional way of saying "I was there. I remember" when I Jew visits a grave is to place a pebble upon it.

I encourage everyone to look at these places to learn what horrors men have inflicted upon men. Please note that hatreds of ethic groups and "ethnic cleansing" have not gone away. It does not say much about the human race, I am afraid.

If you plan to visit Washington, DC, and are interested in The Holocaust, the Holocaust Museum in DC is very well done. Plan to spend about 4 hours and do not plan anything else for the rest of the day. You probably will just want a quiet meal somewhere--and to count your blessings--after visiting that museum.
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Feb 25th, 2004, 08:06 PM
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Lauren, thank you for your response. We have been to the memorial in DC and were so overwhelmed that we did nothing the rest of the day. Regarding Sachenhausen did you take a private tour or did you take a bus or train and do it on your own. This this a full day trip? Regarding putting stones on the graves I do that here at home when I go to the cemetary but did not think to do that. I will take Jersuleum stones with me for this purpose. I agree that the more people that visit the more we should never forget.

Most of my response was to the gentleman that commented on my use of the word "concentration camp."

Any information would be helpful
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