Author : Reynouard Vincent
Title : In Auschwitz open your eyes and don't listen to the guides Warning to the young people who will visit Auschwitz
Year : 2016
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Are you a college student or a high school student? One day or another you will go visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The French School Board of Education number one goal : Before you go, transform you in a biased observer. So prior to your visit, they will prepare you for this event. A teacher of history and geography, who has organized such a trip in the past wrote this about the children: "Therefore, it was necessary to prepare them and get them ready, by having them look at the pictures first: "Nazi"´archives snapshots and Allies documentation who have opened and "cleaned" the camps in 1945. The wised mind, through these images of silhouettes, starved bodies and skeletons of victims, which, however, appeared in our conscience, registered in our memory. It was necessary to see these images in order to soak in the site of Auschwitz." This method has a name, it's called: "To place people in situation." So, before your departure, you will be put in the mood. Which means that you will not arrive to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau as a neutral observer. No! This means that you will get there with a mind already set. But what a mind! You will be told about the biggest grave yard in human kind, a place where everything was deliberately organized to dehumanize people and exterminate them on an industrial scale. In short, Hell on Earth. 2nd Goal: Ensure that you will be overwhelmed by emotions before departure time. This is why the teacher of history and geography, already mentioned, wrote: "As soon as we get off the bus, the barbed wire fences and watchtowers are brutally plunging us into a heavy atmosphere, the entrance of the camp is frightening." And as well: "One can experiment, this morning, when entering the camp of Birkenau designed for the extermination of the Jews, a kind of sacred terror and yet, everything is strangely calm." "A sacred terror" This it what you WILL HAVE to feel. Otherwise, it would not be normal. For, who could remained indifferent to the "Nazis" barbarism? Hence, this Erika, who evokes her fear of remaining indifferent in front of the rubble of the massacre. Somewhere else, Lena confides: "I am afraid not to be moved. What will happen if I feel nothing? I will be so ashamed!" And Florie confesses: "I felt guilty at first, as I couldn't feel nothing upon arrival in Auschwitz. Indeed, this atmosphere is so unreal that it's difficult to become aware of the extent of the Holocaust." Exactly! Barely arrived in Auschwitz, one must be aware of the extent of the "Holocaust" and be overwhelmed by his/her emotions. If not, it's not normal, it's even shameful ! ...
Reynouard Vincent - In Auschwitz open your eyes and don't listen to the guides
Tuesday 26 July 2016. Reynouard Vincent