Queen Elizabeth II to visit Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

During the Holocaust, more than 50,000 prisoners, mainly Jews, died at Bergen-Belsen of starvation, overwork, disease or following gruesome medical experiments before it was liberated.

May 18, 2015 03:16
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Queen Elizabeth II will visit the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during her upcoming state visit to Germany in June, AFP reported Monday.

During the visit, the queen and her husband Prince Philip will meet with Holocaust survivors, as well as people who helped liberate the camp on April 15, 1945.

More than 50,000 prisoners, mainly Jews, died at Bergen-Belsen – of starvation, overwork, disease or following gruesome medical experiments.

Anne Frank was probably the most famous victim. She and her sister perished of typhus in the camp just one month before liberation. The queen is expected to visit the Anne Frank memorial at the site as well.

The British royals will be in Germany from June 24 to 26, where they will also meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Lyn Julius contributed to this report.

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