This book sets out to explore `dark tourism'; that is, the representation of inhuman acts, and how these are interpreted for visitors at a number of places throughout the world, for example the sites of concentration camps in both Western and Eastern Europe. Many people wish to experience the reality behind the media images, or are prompted to find out more by a personal association with places or events. The phenomenon raises ethical issues over the status and nature of objects, the extent of their interpretation, the appropriate political and managerial response and the nature of the experience as perceived by the visitor, their residents and local residents. Events, sites, types of visit and `host' reactions are considered in order to construct the parameters of the concept of `dark tourism'. Many acts of inhumanity are celebrated as heritage sites in Britain (for example, the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle), and the Berlin Wall has become a significant attraction despite claiming many victims.
1. Intimations of Dark Tourism. 2. Instances of Dark Tourism. 3. The Third Reich and the Final Solution. 4. The Death Camps of Poland. 5. Covering History: The Interpretation of the Channel Islands Occupation,1939-45. 6. The Death Site of a President. 7. War Sites of the First and Second World Wars. 8. North Cyprus: Disappointing Performance with `Dark Edges. 9. Dislocation: The US Holocaust Museum. 10. The Future of Dark Tourism: From the Final Solution to the End of History. Bibliography. Index.