Shimon Peres visited the Nazi death camp Treblinka in Poland.
“It is very hard for me to stand here, but that is not the fault of the Polish people,” the Israeli president said Monday in a speech after lighting a torch in memory of Holocaust victims. “Rather it is the incomparable extermination [of the Jews] carried out by the Nazis.”
Peres went on to say, “We will never again allow people with murderous compulsions, uncontrollable animals – to do this again.”
On Tuesay, Peres will participate in Poland’s offical commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
His visit to Poland comes days after Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk visited Israel.