The inhuman savagery perpetrated here by Germany is difficult to contain, new German ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven said after visiting the site of the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz in southeastern Poland and its museum.
“I am in Auschwitz-Birkenau today. It is a difficult step, but necessary for every German. The inhuman barbarism practiced by the Germans here is hard to resist. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum does a very important job of preserving the memory of the victims. Thank you for that! ”The German ambassador tweeted on Friday.
Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven began his diplomatic mission in Poland in September. He is a former ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014-16), former deputy head of Germany’s BND intelligence service (2007-10) and first head of NATO intelligence (from 2016).
The Germans established the Auschwitz camp in 1940, initially to imprison Poles. The Auschwitz II-Birkenau section was founded two years later. It became the main site of the mass extermination of the Jews. There is also a network of sub-camps in the complex. The Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, mainly Jews, but also Polish, Roman and Soviet prisoners of war.
Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army on 27 January 1945. In 1947, the camp site was declared a national memorial site.
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