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Making concentration camp visits compulsory for schoolchildren should not be a substitute for robust research and teaching, says Inga Vesper.

Twenty years ago, on a beautiful spring day, I stood in a field in Lower Saxony trying to work out where a delousing chamber had once stood. I held up my history book to align the hills in front of me with the dreadful photos therein and was promptly told off by my teacher; we were not to wander.

I was on a school trip to the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where approximately 52,000 prisoners were murdered, including Anne Frank.

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