Is it right to treat Auschwitz as a Tourist Destination?
I'm heading to the UK soon, and I'm planning a trip in Europe. Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Wroclaw and Krakow.
Now, as we're visiting Krakow, there's a debate going on between myself & my missus about visiting Auschwitz - which is only half an hour or so from Krakow. I find myself thinking it's a bit distasteful to visit an extermination camp when we personally have no connection with the place. Auschwitz gets thousands of visitors every year, but isn't it really a bit vulgar. Wartime wrecks are treated as unvisitable for divers, so why aren't places like Auschwitz not treated with a bit more austerity. I guess the argument is that it's a lasting reminder of the mistakes of previous generations.
On the other side of the coin, I was hoping to see some memorial to the Prague Spring in, well, Prague and there appears to be nothing to commemorate that period in Czech history. So, I find myself wanting to visit the grave of Alexander Dubcek in Bratislava, as he was a bit of hero of mine growing up. But is it really in good taste to visit the grave of someone you've never known and has never had a direct impact on you.