(February 12, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to walk the grounds of Auschwitz for the first time, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit will take place on Friday during the summit in Warsaw this week about the Middle East.
A senior White House official told The Washington Post on Monday that the vice president plans to tour the site in Oświęcim, along with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
An estimated 1.1 million people were killed at Auschwitz, including as many as 960,000 Jews.
Additionally, Pence and Netanyahu will stop at a memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, where Jewish inhabitants resisted Nazi efforts to deport remaining residents in the ghetto in the spring of 1943, though were eventually defeated after about a month by the Germans.
The Warsaw summit is about, among numerous issues, combating the Iranian threat and solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.