The boy and I got into a conversation the other day. We had just come from Terazine, in the Czech Republic and were in Krakow.
Now I don’t know if you know but Terazine was a former Concentration Camp used in World War Two (as well as a Military Fortress and Prison) and Krakow is just an hour away from where some of the most horrific scenes during World War Two happened.
The conversation we had was regarding not sights we saw but the people we saw at the sights.
I will say now that I know each person has a different reaction to being in places like this, and also that every person thinks and has different opinions about the way they act and think but I’d like to know your thoughts.
We saw a group of adults, but that contained one child no older then 10. At what age is it appropriate to start taking children to view places like these and to see the conditions that people lived in?
-A couple of the most interested group I did see there were teenagers, however we had one boy in our tour (about 15) with his mum whose only addition to conversation was, “but if you were on the bottom bunk, the sh*t would drip down on you” and also how new the toilets were. Another boy, about the same age, was really interested in building on what he already knew and asked question that even I found interesting to listen to.
I know that maturity and understanding play a role in the decision to how appropriate it is.
The same mum and son from before proceeded to take a selfie with a smile plastered on her face, in front of the ruins of a gas chamber. Of course she wasn’t the only one. There was the woman who sat posing as she sat on the railway lines, but she wasn’t smiling, Does that make it better? There was the two who came together as their friend took a photo of them in front of the train carriage, after inspecting the photo they decided to get another one, this time with a hair flick and even bigger pout. I may not have been taking selfies but I was taking photos of what I saw. When is it appropriate to take photos?
Like I said before, we all think differently, and we all choose to remember differently, but when and what do you think is appropriate?
I’d still love to hear what you think about it.