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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.

Joelle

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Jessica
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I wouldn’t say that people will forget and that the Holocaust will just be another title of some horrific act. There is actual footage of the holocaust, unlike the war of 1812. There is more substance, and it may be the most horrific time period in history. Although I have no direct connection to the holocaust, I love learning about it, and it has a huge affect on me and I think that it will to future generations too. Because it’s something that there is footage of, and although it may be in the fast, it can still be seen.

Zula
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I agree with you when you say that without personal relations, these events will only remain as tragic historical events. It’s sad but I believe that’s the reality.

Andrea
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I see where you’re coming from with this. In my opinion, bands such as No Doubt are not a historical event, they’re pop culture. Therefore they’ll fade quickly as the times and pop culture changes. Where as with Aushwitz, a monumental historical event, that everyone learns about it because noone want us to forget and noone wants history to repeat itself in an event like this.

Joelle
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Just to clarify with above– using No Doubt is a extremely small example of how things fade with time… so yes they’ll fade rather fast in comparison, no question there. I agree– they’re pop culture, but already Auschwitz has lost a lot of personal ties to it, and really in another 200 years I do think so many other tragic events will have occurred that it will just become another tourist historical landmark attraction to many. Not all, but many. The amount of time spent learning about it in classrooms will no doubt decrease tremendously.

(I’m liking the discussion this triggered! :D )

Annette
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I do think that the personal relations dies out with the generations, generally speaking, but there are so many people out there that are still scarred from the holocaust, and it may hurt today as much as it did back then in the 40′s. 9/11 is a touchy subject, and it will stay with us forever, so its just the same for the holocaust survivors, the memories stays with them forever, and it doesn’t just go away.

Nick
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Aside from the fact that No Doubt is an awesome band, I agree with everything you said. 100 years from now, almost nobody will be listening to this band. It weird to think how stuff like this just disappears.

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