A very meaningful and touching gesture from the Duke and Duchess.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland…where they met Holocaust survivors.
As many as 110,000 Jews were imprisoned in Stutthof, east of Gdansk, before the camp was liberated by the Allied Forces in May 1945.
The visit was part of the royal couple’s five-day tour of Germany and Poland.
The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) arranged for the Duke and Duchess to meet Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper, both 87, who recounted the ordeal of life in Stutthof, where they were both imprisoned.
Both men settled in north London after the war, and regularly visit schools across the UK to share their testimony.
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess were shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items, once belonging to the prisoners and taken from them on arrival at the camp. They were also shown the gas chamber used to murder those who were too sick to work.
Mr Shipper who survived four years in the Lodz ghetto, as well as deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, before being transported to Stutthof, said: “It is so important that young people know what happened.
“But there aren’t many of us left. I hope today’s visit will remind the world what happened….