PHOTOS: #German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the #Nazi death camp of #Auschwitz-Birkenau in #Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten.
He was guided at the somber site in southern Poland, which was under Nazi German occupation during World War II, by a #Polish Auschwitz survivor, Marian Turski. More than 1.1 million people were killed there, mostly Jews but also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and others.
In the first visit to the camp by a German foreign minister in 26 years, Maas wrote in a memorial book that Auschwitz was "hell on earth" and a "German creation," according to Germany's dpa news agency.
"Full of sadness and shame, we bow before the women, men and children who were murdered by the millions by the National Socialists here and other places. From the legacy of the victims arises Germany's responsibility to stand up for the inviolable dignity of humankind - everywhere and every day. This responsibility never ends," he wrote.
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