Film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Wednesday, meeting a Holocaust survivor and the son of Holocaust survivors to deliver a message against prejudice and hatred.
The “Terminator” actor and former California governor viewed the barracks, watchtowers and remains of gas chambers that endure as evidence of the German extermination of Jews and others during World War II.
He also met with a woman who as a 3-year-old child was subjected to experiments by the notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.
“This is a story that has to stay alive, this is a story that we have to tell over and over again,” he said after his visit to the site of the death camp, speaking in a former synagogue that now is home to the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation.
He stood alongside Simon Bergson, who was born after the war to Auschwitz survivors, and mentioned his own family history.
“I was the son of a man who fought in the Nazi war and was a soldier,” the 75-year-old Schwarzenegger said.
He said he and Bergson, who are close in age, were united in their work.
“Let’s fight prejudice together and let’s just terminate it once and for all,” Schwarzenegger said.
His visit to the site in southern Poland, which was under German occupation during WWII, was his first and came as part of his work with the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, whose mission is to fight hatred through education.
He received the foundation’s inaugural “Fighting Hatred” award in June for his anti-hatred stance on social media.
He said he couldn’t attend in person then because he was filming a new action series in Canada and was in a “COVID bubble.”
After his visit to Auschwitz, he vowed it wouldn’t be his last.
“I’ll be back,” he said. (ABC)