“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
History is not only a course you study, it is the road walked by those before us. It gives us the opportunity to learn from their lives and evolve from what we once were.
One of the great lessons of history is World War II and the horrors it caused in Europe and all over the globe. The biggest example of this is Auswitchz, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp and the most lethal of all.
Our students had the chance to visit the Auschwitz exhibition held here in Madrid, where they could see history without traveling hundreds of miles to where it happened. They could find find small personal belongings from some of the victims, structural elements of the camp, documents and unpublished audio-visual materials that documented what happened.
It may seem as a distraction for students of business or hospitality to visit such a place, but in reality in enriches their understanding of what happened during previous generations. It serves as a universal warning of the dangers that stem from hatred, intolerance, and antisemitism, and make us see human cruelty at its uttermost. It is only by remembering that we never forget and therefore are capable of stopping it from ever happening again.
Because, in the end, as the Philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”