Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge meet with Holocaust survivors during their visit at the museum of former German Nazi concentration camp Stutthof in Sztutowo, Poland July 18, 2017..
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the former Nazi concentration camp of Stutthoff, near Gdansk on Tuesday, where 65,000 people were killed during World War II.
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge spoke with Holocaust survivors Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper and signed the visitor book of the former camp. Goldberg and Shipper met in a subcamp of Stutthof and today speak in schools throughout Britain about their experiences.
Reports said the royal couple were visibly moved by what they saw, including displays with piles of shoes that had belonged to camp inmates and gas chambers where inmates were killed. They placed stones at the camp’s memorial to its victims, a Jewish custom.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visit a former Nazi death camp in Poland. (Reuters)
As many as 110,000 Jews were imprisoned in Stutthof before Allied forces liberated the camp in May 1945. More than 60,000 people died in the camp.
“The information provided by the British embassy shows that the duke has never visited any former Nazi concentration camp before,” Piotr Tarnowski, director of the Stutthof Museum, told JTA. “Our museum was the first such place for them.”
In the guest book, their message read: “We were intensely moved by our visit to Stutthof, which has been the scene of so much terrible pain, suffering and death.
“This shattering visit has reminded us of the horrendous murder of six million Jews, drawn from across the whole of Europe, who died in the abominable Holocaust.
“It is, too, a terrible reminder of the cost of war. And the fact that Poland alone lost millions of its people, who were the victims of a most brutal occupation.
“All of us have an overwhelming responsibility to make sure that we learn the lessons and that the horror of what happened is never forgotten and never repeated.”
The royal couple arrived on Monday in Warsaw with their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duke and Duchess will also visit a museum in Gdansk commemorating the Solidarity movement which challenged communist rule in the 1980s.