chapter  8
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VISITING DIFFICULT HERITAGE

The number of sites of difficult heritage, especially those of atrocity, has grown massively during the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.1 In part, as I noted in the introduction, this is a dimension of a wider expansion of heritage in general. But it is also a development in its own right, showing particularly high levels of increase both in the number of such sites and the number of people visiting them. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe make their way to former concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau, or to other sites of terror, such as the House of Slaves on Gorée Island, Senegal or the House of Terror in Budapest; or to museums of Holocaust, slavery or genocide. Since the Documentation Centre at the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds opened in 2001 it has received over 1.2 million visitors.2