Tourists versus pilgrims: Dichotomy of visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Derek Dalton

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This chapter seeks to explore how a recent upsurge in tourism at Auschwitz- Birkenau has produced a problematic and unhelpful distinction between two types of visitors to the site that supposedly sit at distinct ends of the ethical spectrum of worthiness. The ‘pilgrim’ and the ‘tourist’ are the two archetypes produced in
academic and media discussion about visitations to the former camp, now a memorial museum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPilgrims
Subtitle of host publicationValues and Identities
EditorsDarius Liutikas
Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781789245677, 9781789245660
ISBN (Print)9781789245653
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameReligious Tourism and Pilgrimage Series


  • pilgrimage
  • spiritual travel
  • personal heritage tourism
  • holistic tourism
  • pilgrim motivation, identity and values
  • valuistic journeys
  • typology of pilgrim journeys
  • Dark Tourism and Crime
  • Encountering Nazi Tourism Sites


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