I'd be interested to hear about the Auschwitz one. I just read a book by Jodi Picoult called The Storyteller that had a Holocaust theme very good
If that's the one by Denis Avey then I finished reading it a couple of months ago. Makes awful reading to think that people can sink that low, but a fascinating insight into the atrocities. I went to Auschwitz a couple of years ago and it was everything I expected it to be, so moving, so sad.
I wonder whether this would be suitable for Matthew. He's very interested in Auschwitz and has expressed a wish to visit, but I'm not sure if he could handle it...though we visited Oradour-Sur-Glane and he was ok, but much younger so maybe it didn't register as much as it would now.Originally Posted by piglet, post: 315256
.Originally Posted by mumof2, post: 315438
We took my granddaughter and she was 16 at the time. It's so hard to describe, her reaction was almost of disbelief although of course she knew it to be true. I can't really describe how I felt, awe, respect for those who died, sadness and I think that was the most overwhelming feeling just such sadness
Well maybe if he still want to visit I should try to take him. I'm thinking back to when we visited Oradour-sur-Glane and remembered Jamie had just turned 13. I spoke with him last night and he still remembers the sadness and feelings he experienced almost 6 years on. I understand that overwhelming feeling which is difficult to describe, it's so much than just feeling sad and sorry for the victims of these atrocities. It consumes you. Perhaps we'll get the book and see where we go from there.
I found it a very difficult experience. I think everyone needs to go, especially anyone who has doubts about the events and anyone who doesn't think that places have a "memory" because there's an imprint of what happened there and I may not be able to explain it scientifically but I sure felt it.Originally Posted by piglet, post: 315445
overwhelming sadness is the dominant feeling but there's scary, apprehension, hopelessness and just such a mix of residual feelings.
Without doubt a very important experience but one that left me emotionally exhausted
Its somewhere I would like to go, but I don't think I'm a strong enough person to go there if that makes sense, just seeing pictures on tv sends me into floods of tears
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