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Auschwitz a Memorial Site
Transcript of Auschwitz a Memorial Site
what is its future? Why should it remain? Who should pay for the maintenance of the buildings? Karen Stevenson
Teacher & Visitor to Auschwitz Simon Winston Holocaust survivor "I think Auschwitz Concentration Camp, together with Birkenau and the other conjoined camps, is the memorial. Everybody recognizes the tower at Birkenau with its railway terminal. This, more than anything , symbolises what was Auschwitz and what happened there. There is no need for anything else".
(Simon Winston Holocaust survivor) Is education the key to the future of Auschwitz? "He who does not learn from history is bound to repeat it."
"There are 350,000 experts who just want to be useful with the remainder of their lives. Please listen to the words and the echoes and the ghosts. And please teach this in your schools".
Steven Spielberg, Academy Award acceptance speech
Why have Memorials? Memorial at Majdanek
“Tears pour forth with every new image, and I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my life is forever changed.
My words just graze the surface of overwhelming compassion and sorrow I feel towards each and every Holocaust victim.”
"Forever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women and children, mainly Jews from various countries of Europe".
Auschwitz and Birkenau 1940-1945
The Feelings of a Visitor
to Auschwitz Auschwitz Birkenau
as it is today
I spent my working life as a teacher, now I am retired I see it as my job to talk to people: adults and children, about what happened to me during this period in my life.
Through talking people will learn and never forget what happened. It is my hope that this presentation will help people understand that Auschwitz as an educational site protected by the World Heritage Organisation must always remain. Do we need one at Auschwitz? "It is its own memorial"
(Simon Winston, Survivor) Does this lump of stone represent anything? Darfur Rwanda Now read this again! Malcolm Burrows
It is important to link past and present. To stimulate people into thinking that this could happen again. The message that the Holocaust Centre tries to give is that ordinary people did this to other ordinary people "prejudice turns to genocide" If you leave the holocaust in the past people don't question themselves Prevention National Holocaust Centre ...is why Auschwitz needs to be preserved! Welcome to this presentation. Please take time to read and understand its message. Please click here to comment on my blog
http://auschwitzmemorial.blogspot.com/ "Students need to experience the vastness of these two sites, its sheer scale and enormity" Karen Stevenson "Should we start to clear away the past and think towards the future?
"It is incredibly important, that these sites remain as an educational experience that could not be repeated elsewhere"! "Auschwitz is an historical site which is truly horrific" "It is a place of contemplation" George Santayana 1863 -1952