Millions of tourists visit Holocaust museums and memorials every year. Holocaust tourism is a thriving industry and plays a crucial role in Holocaust memorialization and remembrance. However, Holocaust tourism is not without criticism. Some argue that sightseeing at sites of genocide is cringeworthy, offensive, inappropriate, and superficial. In Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance
(NYU Press, 2018), Daniel Reynolds
examines the phenomenon of Holocaust tourism, its implication on Holocaust remembrance, and what we can learn from tourists taking selfies at Auschwitz. Postcards from Auschwitz
transports the reader to a variety of museums and memorial sites around the world to unpack the phenomenon of Holocaust tourism.
Daniel Reynolds is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages in Department of German Studies at Grinnell College.
Lindsey Jackson is a PhD student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.