[Video below.] President Obama toured Buchenwald concentration camp today with Chancellor Merkel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and survivor Bertrand Herz. At 3:10 p.m. local time, the group placed white, long-stemmed roses on a memorial site. Following remarks by Merkel, Obama commented on his visit: “I will not forget what I have seen here today.” Thanking “my friend Elie Wiesel,” Obama told the story of President Eisenhower’s instruction that soldiers, townspeople, congressmen tour the camps.Obama lauded Merkel and the German people: “It’s not easy to look into the past in this way and acknowledge it and make something of it…a determination that they will stand guard against acts like this happening again.
To watch a video of the visit, click on the screen below.
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