Pope Francis walked through the main gates to Nazi death camp Auschwitz
retracing the steps of thousands of Jews slaughtered during World War
As he walked in silence under the infamous sign Arbeit Machy Frei –
‘Work sets you free’ his thoughts were clearly with the victims of the
concentration and extermination camp where more than 1.1m Jews were
killed. Those private thoughts became clear when the words he signed in
the visitor’s book were revealed.
The Pope wrote: “Lord have mercy on your people! Lord, forgiveness for such cruelty!”
Pope Francis was praying at Auschwitz-Birkenau which is situated in what was Nazi-occupied Poland.