Saturday 29 April 2017

Pence pays sombre visit to former Nazi concentration camp

US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen lay a wreath in Dachau
US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen lay a wreath in Dachau
Mike Pence and his wife visit the so-called 'deathagony chapel' in Dachau
Mike Pencestands behind the gate with the infamous slogan 'Work sets you free'.

US Vice President Mike Pence has paid a sombre visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during the Second World War.

He was joined by his wife, Karen and the couple's 23-year-old daughter, Charlotte, as they toured the exhibits at the former concentration camp that was established by the Nazis in 1933 near Munich.

The vice president was accompanied by Abba Naor, a survivor of the camp, and other dignitaries as he passed through the wrought iron gate bearing the inscription, Arbeit macht frei, or Work sets you free.

The Pences placed a wreath beneath the International Memorial at the centre of the camp, toured the barracks and viewed the ovens inside the crematorium.

The Pences also stopped at religious memorials at the site and later attended a church service on the camp's grounds.

More than 200,000 people from across Europe were held at Dachau, and more than 40,000 prisoners died there. The camp was liberated by US forces in April 1945.

Making his first overseas trip as vice president, Mr Pence spoke to foreign diplomats and defence officials at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday and met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders.

He was traveling to Brussels later on Sunday for meetings on Monday with Nato and European Union officials.

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