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Pope Francis visits Nazi internment camp Auschwitz

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 01:45

Pope Francis visits the concentration camp Auschwitz while on his tour of Poland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis walked through the gate of the most notorious World War Two Nazi death camp Auschwitz on Friday (July 29) on the third day of his visit to Poland. The pontiff sombrely crossed through the gate, which bears the German inscription "Work Sets You Free". The gate was the first sight for prisoners entering the camp initially built as a hard labour facility, but in 1941 turned into an extermination site for European Jews and other nationalities under German occupation. Upon arriving in the camp, the pope entered the cell of Saint Maksymilian Kolbe, who volunteered to take the place of a fellow prisoner selected by camp guards to die of starvation. The pontiff did not speak a word during his visit except to greet a group of survivors near a site called the "Wall of Death", where single prisoners were executed by firing squad, just underneath the windows of two prisoner blocks. Francis refused to be kissed on the Papal ring by a survivor, instead he paid respect to those gathered. Holding a single candle passed to him by one of those meeting him, Francis walked towards the Wall of Death to pray.

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Pope Francis visits Nazi internment camp Auschwitz

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 01:45