Should Concentration Camps be Restored?

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Concentration camps: what people think of when they hear those words are the death camps, like Auschwitz, that the Nazis ran during WWII. About 6 million jews, or roughly 2/3 of the European jews, were murdered in these camps. These camps are crumbling and falling apart. Should they be restored? Some believe that these camps should be preserved as historical monuments and remind us of what should never have happened.

From 1939-1945, millions of people were killed in the gas chambers of the concentration camps. Those people had family members that survived after living in the camps. Many of these survivors believe that the camps should be allowed to disappear and be forgotten. Despite the painful memories of survivors, these camps cannot be allowed to be forgotten. "Give us the past so we can make sense of the present," is a quote that can be found in the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

If people forget the death camps and concentration camps, then there is a possibility that the same thing could happen all over again.

Some people say that the genocide of European jews never happened. Some even go as far as to say that Holocaust survivors don't know what they are talking about. Showing them physical proof, such as concentration camps, is the only way to prove that this did happen.

People tend to forget things over time. The holocaust survivors will not live forever and remind us of what happened. After they are gone, if there is no other reminders, this tragedy would eventually be forgotten. If the Holocaust was forgotten, it could happen again and we wouldn't know how to handle it. This is only one other reason why we should preserve the concentration camps and have them stand as a lasting reminder of the millions...