Walking out of Birkenau toward the parking lot where Feliks waited to drive us back to Krakow, his van still running to keep the AC on, I pose my question to Magda. With a belly full of nerves, I asked: Did she think Auschwitz should be preserved?
Even worse: “Why do you think so?”
"Because it is the wish of the survivors."
I encourage you, if you are scrolling through your feed, take a second and read this article. It is so important for future generations to preserve what we can of history. The mantra “never again” and “never forget”, would all be for nothing if the future generations destroyed something that is so vital to remembering.
I come from a family where both of my grandparents where holocaust survivors. I’ve grown up listening to the stories, and even though it was hard for my grandmother to retell her time in the camps, she always made sure that I knew what happened, because how can I convince and educate other people on the atrocities and make them never forget, if i don’t know about them and forget myself.
If we want to stop anything from happening again, we cannot tear down the things that keep the memories alive.