A classmate of mine brought this to my attention yesterday. We were in the middle of an interview where she was telling me about her experiences while on The March of the Remembrance and Hope (a story for another time) and than she told me about this….
Two weeks ago, the 64th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkeneau concentration was commemorated. On Jan. 27, 1945, the Soviet Amy became the first outsiders to witness first hand the terrors of these “hells on earth”. But 64 years later, those “hells on earth” are mere remnants of once what they once were. Literally.
Here’s what the reports have said:
“Polish officials who oversee the camp say at least £93.5m is needed in the next 15 to 20 years to maintain the site – money it has so far failed to raise from the international community.
The museum has already had to seal off crumbling barracks for fear that visitors could get injured.
And the remains of the former gas chambers and crematoria are also deteriorating.”
“If we can’t secure the buildings and conserve the site properly, we will be forced to close it to the public in a few years,” says Auschwitz spokesman, Pawel Sawicki
So what do we do? Do we keep them around, or let them rot?
I think it’s an obvious question (Keep them around) , but when you think about it, it’s a really strange question to consider.
Doesn’t it seem odd that the people who were once made victims in such a place now rally around save it years later? I mean the psychology behind this question from an impartial point of view seems very bizarre.
Here’s two reasons why they should be kept around: The March of the Living AND The March of Remembrance and Hope. Those trips are too important to hindered by the closing of these camps.
But what do you have to say about this? It’s an interesting dilemma. For more information, here’s a link: