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Over the past 50 years, the urge to visit sites where atrocities or disasters happened has led travelers away from battlefields and into a cities and historic sights where relics of modern horrors are rooted.

They walk through the gates at Auschwitz. They take the boats to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. They hike through battlefields and slave auction sites.

And now they walk onto the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial, where the World Trade Center towers once stood. Already one of New York City’s most popular attractions, the new memorial has drawn more than 2 million visitors since it opened on September 11, 2011.


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