: GlobeAndMail: Trudeau visits Auschwitz concentration camp on way to Ukraine

11:36 Jul. 11, 2016

GlobeAndMail: Trudeau visits Auschwitz concentration camp on way to Ukraine

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (AP Photo)

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An emotional Justin Trudeau used a tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the scene of one of the worst chapters in human history, to warn against intolerance and offer a message of love.

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The blue skies and sunshine on Sunday were a sharp contrast to the history of the place as the prime minister walked past barbed wire fences and surveyed the gas chambers where more than one million people, mostly Jews, were killed in the Second World War.

Trudeau was stone-faced through most of the visit as he was escorted by one of the camp's survivors, 88-year-old Nate Leipciger, now of Toronto. But the prime minister couldn't hold back the tears as he stood before the ruined gas chamber where Leipciger's mother and sister were killed 70 years ago.

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The prime minister didn't say much during the nearly three hours he spent walking through the camp. But he did leave a message in a guest book kept by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Justin Trudeau takes emotional tour of Auschwitz camp (CP Video)

"Tolerance is never sufficient," Trudeau wrote. "Humanity must learn to love our differences.

"Today we bear witness to humanity's capacity for deliberate cruelty and evil. May we ever remember this painful truth about ourselves, and may it strengthen our commitment to never allow such darkness to prevail.

"We shall never forget."  

Trudeau is the third sitting prime minister to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, after Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper. Full story 

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