Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland on 27 April to mourn those who lost their lives there during the Second World War, and laid a wreath at the museum.
Wen Jiabao spoke to the press. He said, "I have come here to mourn the people who lost their lives here. What happened here is a heart-wrenching page in the annals of human history. It is heavy, and must not be forgotten. The misfortune of Auschwitz is misfortune of the entire mankind. It tells people that history must be remembered, not forgotten, and only by remembering history can we build a better future. It tells people to reject war, terror, genocide and all evil, and uphold human freedom, dignity, security and happiness. And it tells people that countries that once launched war and inflicted sufferings upon other countries and mankind must face up to and learn lessons from history and exercise self-reflection to win respect of the international community. Although the disaster has become the past, lessons drawn from it should be passed on from generation to generation.