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Queen Elizabeth Makes FIrst Visit to Nazi Death Camp

The monarch visited Bergen-Belsen during visit to Germany, laid wreath at memorial

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: June 26th, 2015 in News » World

Queen Elizabeth Makes FIrst Visit to Nazi Death Camp

Photo: Queen Elizabeth


Queen Elizabeth has made her first visit to a former concentration camp Friday, visiting the Bergen-Belsen death camp almost 70 years after it was liberated by English forces.

The Queen was accompanied by her husband Prince Philip on her state visit to Germany. The royal couple visited the concentration camp where more than 52,000 people died during WWII, including Jewish-Dutch diarist Anne Frank, on their last day in the country.

British forces freed the German camp in April 1945, where Jews, political prisoners, and other 'undesirables' were held captive, and subjected to inhumane conditions. The liberating soldiers also took the first pictures of a death camp, revealing to the world the first evidence of the Holocaust.

The queen was due to visit a memorial to the young Anne Frank, as well as lay a wreath and visit with survivors and liberators of the camp.

Queen Elizabeth also warned against European 'division' at a Berlin banquet earlier this week, in a speech loaded with references to the Holocaust, the Berlin wall, and German reunification. The queen also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, took a boat ride along Berlin's Spree River, and took a brief trip to Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany.

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