U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the remnants of the Auschwitz death camp for the first time in his current role, and walked under the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign to commemorate Holocaust victims.
“Nothing can truly prepare one for this epicenter of evil, where systematic murder unique in human history reached its atrocious climax,” Ban said, according to Reuters.
“The world must never forget, deny or downplay the Holocaust. We must remain ever on our guard,” he added. The last U.N. secretary-general who visited Auschwitz was Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1995.