David Beckham 'shocked' at Auschwitz

8th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

8 September 2004 , WARSAW - International football sensation David Beckham has expressed his "shock" at the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp where more than 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, perished during the Second World War. Beckham visited the most infamous of Nazi death camps, a symbol of the Holocaust, along with the England national team this week ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Poland in Chorzow, southern Poland, the Polish Fakt tabloid daily reported. The England s

8 September 2004

WARSAW - International football sensation David Beckham has expressed his "shock" at the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp where more than 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, perished during the Second World War.

Beckham visited the most infamous of Nazi death camps, a symbol of the Holocaust, along with the England national team this week ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Poland in Chorzow, southern Poland, the Polish Fakt tabloid daily reported.

The England star was photographed in front of the camp's infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate through which hundreds of thousands of the camp's former prisoners passed before being gassed to death in gas chambers.

Located in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim, Auschwitz was the largest concentration and extermination camp in World War II Nazi-ruled Europe. It was first opened in 1940 to hold Polish political prisoners, but was vastly expanded between 1941 to 1943 to include gas chambers, crematoria and a second camp called Birkenau.

Jews and Gypsies from across Europe as well as Poles and Russian prisoners of war were among its inmates. According to historians between 1.1 to 1.5 million people, mostly European Jews, were killed in the death complex before its liberation by the Russians in early 1945.

DPA

Subject: German news

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