Patrick Ney A Warning To Those Visiting Auschwitz
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[Patrick Ney:] Source: LYBIO.net
I first went to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 2012. And as somebody who had read a lot about the history of that place and had watched a lot of documentaries, it was something that I was dreading, but I was also in a kind of way, looking forward to, to go to a place where the absolute worst things that humans have ever done to other humans, was an honor. But, unfortunately, my abiding memory of visiting that place isn’t actually what happened. It was the behavior of the people that were there.
As we walked into the crematoria at Auschwitz I, a couple that were in the group that I was in, decided that it would be a good moment to start kissing each other. When we walked into one of the barracks where shoes of the Jewish victims at Auschwitz concentration camp were displayed, our guide asked us not to take any photos and not to take any photos of the shoes or the human hair or the suitcases because these are, after all, the possessions of people who’ve been murdered.
And the first thing every single tourist that was in my group did was whip out their phone and take a photo. And unfortunately, to my undying shame, I said nothing, I did nothing. I stood there disgusted and angry. More angry even at their behavior than what I was actually witnessing. Because it was so horrible to see the way that people coming to this place, this terrible place, treated it, almost as if it was like an amusement park.
So in recent months where news reports have shown how people have been ‘ticking off their bucket list’ by visiting Auschwitz concentration camp taking happy, jolly selfies. People from all sorts of different countries, regardless of where they’re from, you just feel absolutely sick to the stomach.
[Patrick Ney:] Source: LYBIO.net
I went to Auschwitz recently to record a film about a Polish priest who sacrificed his life for that of a stranger. And unfortunately on that visit as well, spending two days at that camp, I saw exactly the same behavior as I’d seen on my first visit.
And you know what? If you can’t behave in the right way when you go to Auschwitz concentration camp or any other place with the mass extermination by the Nazi Germans during the Second World War took place, don’t go. If you can’t treat that place with respect, if you can’t focus all of your energy and your effort on the victims, the people who were tortured and murdered in the most bestial way, then don’t go. If you don’t have the empathy to understand what happened at these places, you don’t deserve to go there. It is not a holiday, it is not a special treat, and it certainly is not ticking something off your ‘bucket list’. It’s your obligation as a human to the human race.
When the last survivors of the Holocaust are gone, we will be the only witnesses to their memory. How should we remember them?
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