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Queen to visit Germany's Bergen-Belsen concentration camp site



   
   

       
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    26 June 2015


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The Queen will visit the site of the World War Two concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, in Germany, later.

The camp, where teenage diarist Anne Frank was among thousands to die, was liberated by British soldiers in 1945.

The UK monarch, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will lay a wreath there on the final day of her four-day state visit to Germany.

The Queen will also view Berlin's Brandenburg Gate before travelling to the site of the camp near Hanover.

Tens of thousands of prisoners from all over Europe were killed at Bergen-Belsen or died later as a result of their treatment in the camp.


               

                        A symbolic tombstone commemorates Anne Frank and her sister Margot
                   

               

The Queen and Prince Philip will visit a memorial to Anne Frank and her sister Margot, and meet a small group of survivors and liberators, as well as representatives of Jewish and Christian communities.

Millions of copies of Anne Frank's Diary, written during the two years the teenager and her family hid from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam, have been sold across the world.

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                        The site of the former concentration camp is near Hanover, Germany
                   

               

By Peter Hunt, BBC royal correspondent

When the Queen was a teenager, British soldiers - who'd sworn allegiance to her father - were at war with Germany.

Now, as an octogenarian head of state, she'll visit one of the gruesome reminders of that conflict. 

The Queen's officials say it will be a personal and reflective occasion.

The camp where Jews, gypsies and homosexuals perished in their tens of thousands has been called "a place of horror" by Germany's President Gauck; "an abyss" in the heart of his country.

The broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, who visited Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and who had an enviable command of the spoken word, told listeners he found it hard to describe accurately "the horrible things I have seen and heard".

The camp has gone; mounds marking mass graves remain.

The Queen has said her presence will underline the complete reconciliation that has taken place between Britain and Germany.

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                        The Queen with German President Joachim Gauck
                   

               

On Thursday, the Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed a traditional British garden party at the official residence of Britain's ambassador to Germany, Sir Simon McDonald, in Berlin.

The royal couple have already attended a state banquet with UK and German leaders, held a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and visited Berlin and Frankfurt.

The tour seems to have been a regarded as a success by the press in Germany.

German tabloid Bild referred to her Majesty as "the Queen of England and the Queen of Europe" and praised her punctuality.

And Jana Bergmann, 16, told the UK's Daily Telegraph: "I love the Queen. She is an idol for everyone. We are all fascinated by her."

After their visit to the former concentration camp, the Queen and Prince Philip will return to the UK.


   

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