Pence visits former Nazi concentration camp

It was a low-key visit to this Nazi-era concentration camp in southern Germany, coming midway through Pence's European swing that's meant to shore up alliances amid deep anxieties about the new U.S. administration.

Mike Pence visited former Nazi concentration camp on Sunday (19 February) and was joined by a survivor of the camp and other officials. Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, was also present.

Under gray skies, the Pences placed a wreath at a memorial in the center of the camp and visited the barracks, a crematorium and a gas chamber.

The Dachau concentration camp was built just weeks after Adolf Hitler's Nazis came to power.

More than 200,000 people from across Europe were held at Dachau, and more than 40,000 prisoners died there.

The vice president was accompanied by Abba Naor, a survivor of the camp, and other dignitaries as he passed through the wrought-iron gate bearing the inscription, "Arbeit macht frei", or "Work sets you free". At least 28,000 of those prisoners died there between January 1940 and May 1945.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II.

It became a death camp during World War II, killing more than 41,000 Jews before it was liberated by USA troops on April 29, 1945. Pence was in Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference. The vice president also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders during his first trip overseas.

The question prompted Trump to tell the reporter to "sit down" and defended himself by saying he's "the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life".

"Moving and emotional tour of Dachau today", he tweeted on his official Twitter account.

  • Leroy Wright