British royals visit Berlin Holocaust memorial

The Royal couple again paid their respects to the victims of the Holocaust by visiting Berlin’s Holocaust memorial. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, toured Berlin’s Holocaust memorial and visited the Brandenburg Gate, as they kicked off a three-day visit to Germany.

Prince William and his wife arrived from Poland, their first stop on a two-country European trip that comes as Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union (EU).

They visited the Berlin memorial to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, a field of 2,700 concrete slabs that evokes a graveyard in the center of the German capital.

William and Kate were given a tour of the memorial’s information center and met 96-year-old Holocaust survivor Leon Schwarzbaum, who described the horrors of life in the Auschwitz concentration camp, recalled where his parents were killed and showed the royals photographs of his lost family.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, William asked for his thoughts on the Nazis now after all these years. He replied, “They destroyed my life. I wanted to study but I couldn’t study because the universities had been closed and the schools had closed. They took… everything, my family.”

In Poland on Tuesday, the royal couple visited the site of the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.

Berlin memorial chief Uwe Neumaerker, who led the royals through the site, was impressed that William, 35, made two Holocaust site visits.

“He understands he is of a generation that must get to know this,” Neumaerker said. “That is a signal.”

By: AP and World Israel News Staff