Queen Elizabeth II will visit Bergen-Belsen next month, in a historic trip that comes on the heels of the 70th anniversary of the notorious Nazi camp’s liberation.
During the Bergen-Belsen visit, which the AFP confirmed today, the queen and her husband Prince Philip will meet with Holocaust survivors and individuals who helped to liberate the camp seven decades ago.
The British couple will be in Germany from June 24 to 26, where they will also have a sit down with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Earlier the month, Britain’s Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) headed a group that included British Holocaust survivors, students and local community leaders for a commemoration trip to the camp.
HET Chief Executive Karen Pollock told London’s Jewish News, “Having recently marked 70 years since British armed forces liberated Bergen Belsen, it is fitting that Her Majesty will pay her respects at this site in this significant year.”
“Her Majesty’s visit will mean a huge amount to those survivors and liberators still with us, and of course to all of us dedicated to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.”
Elizabeth and Philip will also travel to Frankfurt with Germany’s federal president, Joachim Gauck, during the four-day trip to Germany.