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“Auschwitz was and is, still the center of Holocaust history”, Discuss.

Topic:  History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

1. “Auschwitz was and is, still the center of Holocaust history”, Discuss. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express

Why this question:

On January 27 this year, survivors of the Holocaust and international heads of state marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Thus the context of the question.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the reasons for ‘Auschwitz’ being called the centre of Holocaust history.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


Briefly explain that in many ways, Auschwitz has become the center of Holocaust history and research and serves as a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.


In detail explain the history associated with – Auschwitz.

Discuss the horrors of 2nd world war that took place at Auschwitz.

Explain the factors that led to liberation of Auschwitz, discuss what occurred at the liberation.

Highlight as to what makes the place unique even today.


The camps at Auschwitz have become an important reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and in 1947 the government of Poland made the site a state memorial. In 1979, UNESCO added the Auschwitz memorial to its list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.