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Why visiting Auschwitz is so important today

Why visiting Auschwitz is so important today

I flew to Kraków, Poland, on Saturday night and visited Auschwitz with Elon Musk on Monday.

Auschwitz is an insane experience. For those who have seen images of the Holocaust, seeing the actual structures where mass death was brought upon the Jewish people, as well as Roma homosexuals and Russian soldiers, is an astonishing demonstration of the darkness that is present and possible inside the human soul.

For those who have not visited, it is worth the visit because I think that we tend to live very easy lives — thank God, in the West and in the modern era — and we tend to look around us and see people who are generally good, people who generally believe in non-evil things.

Then you go to a place like Auschwitz and realize it actually is not all that unthinkable for the unthinkable to happen.

I had the privilege when I was younger of helping to write the memoirs of a Holocaust survivor who’d actually gone through Auschwitz-Birkenau. And the stories obviously are horrifying. 

I think there are many important points to be gained from walking through Auschwitz-Birkenau. The first is to realize that people can be made to believe nearly anything. And this holds true on the side of both the evil people and the people…

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