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Dark Tourism

Postby justonemoreperson » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:26 pm

Anyone have any experience or interest in Dark Tourism?

It's something that I've always found interesting and usually try to seek out when I'm travelling.
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Re: Dark Tourism

Postby Reaper » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:08 pm

Yes and no. I'm only interested in visiting places where murders occurred, not just tragedy and death in general.

The more violent, the better. Being in a place that involved a violent murder sexually arouses me for some reason. It kind of excites me a little bit when I think about what took place there.
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Postby madness00 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:13 pm

No, not really.

I hate history. The past is the past and i couldn't care less about it.
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Postby ZombieZ » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:16 pm

I’ve never went out of my way but I could get interested. I love history, particularly wars. I actually have visited a couple “haunted “ places I didn’t experience anything but the history behind the place and the story behind the hauntings were interesting
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Re: Dark Tourism

Postby poxalis » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:10 pm

I watched half the first episode. Not something interesting to me. My traveling either involves family obligation or getting high in the mountains.
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Postby solemnlysworn » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:29 pm

Some Beachy head, a couple of stories I'd come across about it 'haunted' houses (with a back story of small massacres or desecrate behaviour lead me to visiting, etc.
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Re: Dark Tourism

Postby fiveintime » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:02 am

justonemoreperson wrote:Anyone have any experience or interest in Dark Tourism?

It's something that I've always found interesting and usually try to seek out when I'm travelling.


Interesting--never heard that term before. My first thought was either like what happens in Hostel, sex tourism, or some hybrid of the two. Thanks to wikipedia, it's apparently much more acceptable than all that.

I'm mostly into food, culture, and nature. I can see wanting to visit some "dark tourist" locations, but mostly just for the cultural relevancy.
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Re: Dark Tourism

Postby justonemoreperson » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:31 am

I find people weird and inconsistent most of the time and dark tourism resonates with this.

Odd cultures, misconceptions etc.

There's a place near the arctic circle where they bury their dead and, as the ice melts and re-freezes, they float back up to the surface, so the people dig up the perfectly preserved bodies and drag them to a feast for the village. I guess it keeps the food bill down.

Tombs of buried-alive servants, who smashed their own heads against rocks to kill themselves so that they can serve their masters in the afterlife in some place near Peru (I think).

Auschwitz in Poland, of course.

There's also a place in Africa where they suspend the men by bones through their chest skin as part of the growing up ritual. I'd like to give that a go.

Body Worlds in Amsterdam is interesting; where art is made from dead bodies. Well worth a visit if you're ever in Europe.

History can be interesting, as it easily predicts the future, but I'm more interested in looking at the non-sanitised recesses of the "normal" person's psyche.
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Re: Dark Tourism

Postby Infinitesimal » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:19 pm

I find it personally ironic as to when this thread was created. I recently made some personal connections in my lineage that makes me want to visit what you're construing as a dark tourist area.

In fact you almost named it directly with Auschwitz, but instead I'm very inclined as of recently to visit Dachau Concentration camp in Germany, which was the first concentration camp constructed just days after hitler came to power.

I've spoken briefly of my grandfathers highly decorated military career becoming a Major after a 20 year career in the Army signal corps intelligence.

I am just learning that his squad, the 42nd division was literally the first of two squads to enter and liberate Dachau in southern Germany.

They arrived to parked box cars over flowing with thousands of dead decomposing bodies of women and children.

The head of command botched his suicide and took over an hour to die. The remaining few hundred other nazis surrendered quickly.

I'm sure many here have seen Shutter Island, as its a great movie, but their is a scene showing the liberation of the camp and what ensued directly after.

https://youtu.be/sN0B6KM0Oc8 shutter island clip

https://youtu.be/R0c8DLdDzow history channel clip in color, almost want to say the captain on the right at 2:00 could be my grandfather but highly highly doubt that.

But can't imagine being 21, on the other side of the world, and essentially blindly walking into this, which wasn't warfare obviously as they expected.

We now know it as genocide.

And kids these days needs closets to cry in between college classes.

Helps to explain my grandfathers stoicism and secretiveness and he took a lot of things to the grave that were declassified and told to my grandmother well over a decade after he died.

It's documented they killed 300 high ranking Nazi soldiers after they surrendered, but rumors suggests that the number was much higher, and the disgust mixed with the WW2 wartime vitamin rations, which were meth, cranked these men into a frenzy and gave the Nazis the mercy they deserved. Absolutely Zero.

The 42nd specifically liberated and took over the newer compound a few miles away that was their lab in which they were doing some crazy experiments on people which i know most of you are aware of like sewing twins together or separating Siamese ones.

My grandfathers position at that time as an officer, likely a captain would of made him one one the first officers (different than soldiers) to go into these buildings and thoroughly go through what the eff was going on, as they were caught off guard but the extent of all of this that he went and reported to his superior, and only a few more superiors up your at General Dwight D Eisenhower who personally went to Dachau to witness the atrocities first hand to testify.

Thankfully these days we'll never be exposed to such malicious carnage(unless it's funded by our government) as that was the last war to actually matter.

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I also live in proximity to Camp Hero and wanna make it there one of these days. Rumor has it that's the place they base the show Stranger Things off of to a large extent, in fact I heard they initially were going to name it Montauk or the Montauk project.

I've had friends go and there's a lot of weird things associated with that building, like them filling in 7+ floors of subterranean levels with concrete after they stopped using the base, which was the largest radar dish of its kind that still ominously stands at the tip of Long Island with a covert military presence that is still out there till this day.
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Re: Dark Tourism

Postby justonemoreperson » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:57 am

Infinitesimal wrote:Hoping someone here knows about miliary badges and can help shed some light on his patch, I can't find a single one like it anywhere in the web.


Not seen that before, but the rainbow was a symbol for the National Guard.
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