To be in Germany in Ravensbrück was a special experience for a young French student who never imagined he would be at one of the spots on the path of the history of humanity: the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. Yes, my arrival in Germany was more than a journey of discovery. More than an exhibition, by stepping into the past, we better understand the future. This curve allows us (to try to live “again” the difficulties that the deported had met in these camps and) to understand where the atrocities and badness of certain humans came from, while confronting this past to the present. After a few days of visits, I am assured that humanity doesn’t deserve this barbarism. Indeed, the Shoah may have regarded the Jewish people, but beyond this genocide, it is all humanity who was, and will always be involved. Futhermore, this is confirmed by the fact that, in this camp, a lot of detainees weren’t Jewish: they were members of most of the cultural minorities, resisters, and those regarded as antisocial because they refused to obey the régime. You shouldn’t run away from the past—indeed, it’s not flattering--but on the contrary, face it to never reproduce this act again. That’s why everyone at his/her level (international, regional, national, familial, etc.) has to appropriate for him/herself this memory work to teach present and future generations how and why we have been there, and how to avoid the reproduction of the past.
Today, everywhere in the world, similar situations seem to reproduced. In Europe, Africa, America, Asia, the rise of nationalism, the increase of hate speech, the instrumentalization of fear, and the thirst of domination are all red signals of the danger in proximity which is, again, looking out for humanity.
This is way I invite every human to rise and to say :
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