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‘Shattering reminder’: William and Kate describe visit to Nazi concentration camp

Horror: The royal couple enter a hut containing victims’ shoes PICTURE: GETTY

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have described their visit to a former Nazi concentration camp as ‘shattering’, saying the site is a ‘terrible reminder of the cost of war’.

William and Kate heard first hand about the horrors of Stutthof camp, now a museum, from survivors and also toured the crematorium, where the bodies of thousands of prisoners were burned.

Big welcome: Kate (bottom right) is mobbed as she reaches out to take a drawing from a little girl in the flag-waving crowd in the port city of Gdansk PICTURE: KARWAI TAG

The couple, who are on a five-day tour of Poland and Germany, saw other evidence of the Nazis’ attempts to exterminate Jews, from a display of hundreds of pairs of victims’ shoes to the tiny wooden huts where prisoners slept three to a bunk.

A sombre William and Kate left a message in the visitors’ book which said: ‘We were intensely moved by our visit to Stutthof, which has been the scene of so much terrible pain, suffering and death. This shattering visit has reminded us of the horrendous murder of six million Jews. All of us have an overwhelming responsibility to make sure that we learn the lessons and that the horror is never forgotten and never repeated.’

‘Intensely moved’: Kate was sombre PICTURE: I-IMAGES

British survivors of the camp, Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper, both 87, from London, made a trip to the camp — the first time they had returned — to meet William and Kate.

Mr Goldberg said: ‘I agonised before I agreed to come here, because I felt I’d put it all behind me.

‘In 1946 when I was admitted to England, I didn’t dream I would ever have the privilege of shaking the hand of a future king of this country.’

Later the royal couple visited the port city of Gdansk, where large crowds turned out to see them.