Warsaw, Poland – In  a trip meant to help him gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust, British Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Auschwitz,

Cameron visited the site in southern Poland on Wednesday, and released a statement afterward saying he wanted to see for himself the place where Nazi Germany killed more than 1 million people, mostly Jews.

He said: “While I have talked to many Holocaust survivors about their experiences before, coming here has really brought home the terror and torture they faced. As I walked round the gas chamber, past the children’s shoes and down the railway tracks, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of grief for all those who were killed simply because of their faith, their beliefs or their ethnicity.”