SammendragMore then 25 million people have visited the Auschwitz Museum since its opening in 1947. Many of the visitors are schoolchildren from Europe, North America and Israel. In Norway, about 25 % of all teenagers make this journey. During these journeys the pupils have to relate to a number of social expectations as to how they are supposed to experience the meeting with the camp. After a visit in the camp one girl wrote: "I can't really understand where I am, what has happened here, what history is. I don't feel anything. I know I should cry, because all the others are crying. Why can't I? Do I not have any feelings?" The article uses this girl's text to discuss formations of meanings concerning the pupils' visits to the camp. The author views the formations as negotiations which happen in the tensions between the pupils' experiences and social expectations as to how the pupils are supposed to understand the visit.
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