Sarah Brown sheds a tear for victims of Auschwitz
On his visit to Poland, Gordon Brown gets a lesson in history - and another in economics
The Prime Minister's wife, Sarah Brown, struggled to maintain her composure yesterday when she visited the Auschwitz concentration camp where more than a million Jews were killed in gas chambers by the Nazis.
As Gordon Brown signed the visitors' book after a tour of the World War Two death camp near Krakow in Poland, his wife wiped away a tear. Her husband wrote: "In this place of darkness, I reaffirm my belief that we all have a duty, each and every one of us, not to stand by but to stand up against discrimination and prejudice."
The visit followed an embarrassing joint press conference when the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk snubbed Brown by saying Poland would not follow Britain's plans for tackling the financial crisis. Tusk, who leads the centre-right Civic Platform party, was against increasing public spending and questioned any government that had allowed the role of credit to expand.
"It's not for me to comment but a Polish government at a time of financial crisis behaved with full responsibility in terms of its public funds and the budget deficit," Tusk told reporters.
"Effective supervision of banks and sticking to the rules, not exaggerating with living on credit - these are the most certain ways to avoid financial crisis." ·
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