Earlier this week, with the support of the Holocaust Educational Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the site of the Nazi German concentration camp Stutthof in Poland where over 28,000 Jews perished during the Holocaust.
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess met two British survivors of Stutthof, Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper, as well as three Polish survivors of the camp. Manfred and Zigi met in a sub-camp of Stutthof before being liberated in 1945 and rebuilding their lives here in the UK.
The Duke and Duchess were shown shoes, clothing and other personal items taken from the men, women and children imprisoned in the camp on arrival. They were shown the gas chamber, used to murder those who were too weak, sick or emaciated to work. They also, along with Manfred and Zigi, paid their respects by laying stones at the camp's Jewish memorial - a Jewish tradition - as Manfred recited El Maleh Rachamim, the Jewish memorial prayer for the dead.
Writing in the Stutthof visitor book, the Duke and Duchess said “This shattering visit has reminded us of the horrendous murder of six million Jews...” They have helped shine a global spotlight on the impact of genocide and ethnic cleansing, reminding the world that we must never forget.