Time will pass and people will forget.
Possibly the weirdest thing I could relate the Aushwitz reading to? Music. Media. Almost everything.
“The gradual passing of survivors has also meant that Auschwitz faces a historical turning
point.’Teenagers now have grandparents born after the war,’ Mr. Cywinski noted. ‘This is a very big
deal. Your grandparents are your era but your great-grandparents are history’”
Recently I just purchased No Doubt’s new album, “Push and Shove.” The bands first album came out in 1992, and Gwen, the lead singer is 43 now. (Kinda old in relation to most other pop/punk/ ska bands.) When I purchased the album, I noticed it primarily has an older following– even though their music initially attracted young audiences. When I related it to almost any artist that has sold albums for over a decade (minus the occasional Britney Spears) I realized that a lot of bands face this issue where their target audience ages with them until eventually, they are just another fairly unknown band that your friend’s mom or dad listens to.
History has a tendency to fade with age– the importance of events such as Auschwitz will always be viewed as tragic events that shaped history– but the personal relation to those events dies out with generations. Those generations then will no doubt face issues of their own that will also fade over time. The War of 1812 is merely a title now that few people even know the significance of– as are many other historical events that took place long ago.
The no doubt album represents this issue on a severely smaller scale than the topic of this article– Auschwitz, but as the other stated, is an issue that is almost unavoidable with all events in human history. A hard truth to swallow, eventually it will lose its emotional significance and merely become a tourist attraction.