Prince Albert II of Monaco with Princess Charlene at the Auschwitz Memorial Site
Prince Albert II of Monaco with Princess Charlene visited the site of the largest former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. "The flame of our memory will never die," the princely couple wrote in the visitor's book at the end of the visit to Auschwitz I.
After the Memorial Site, the guests were shown round by director Piotr M.A. Cywiński. They visited, among others, the main exhibition and the modern conservation workrooms, where special work is carried out in order to preserve the physical remains of Auschwitz.
“The preservation of this place is very important,” said Prince Albert. “You can not provide historical explanations if we do not have particular, authentic items that would realise this. To understand what has been conceived by the Nazis, and unfortunately put into practice, it is absolutely necessary that the place is left for future generations as authentic as possible,” he stressed.
In the second part of the visit, the guests visited the former camp of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. At the end of their stay, the royal couple paid tribute to those murdered at the memorial dedicated to the memory of the victims, which is located in close proximity to the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria.
The Principality of Monaco is one of the countries that have financially supported the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in its activities, the goal of which is the planned and systematic implementation of the necessary maintenance work at the Memorial Site.