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Dutch royal couple pays tribute to Buchenwald victims

  • King Willem-Alexander, right,  and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visit the memorial of former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017.   ( Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)

    King Willem-Alexander, right, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visit the memorial of former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017. ( Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • King Willem-Alexander,  behind, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands  have placed flowers at  the memorial of former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany, during their visit on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017.   ( Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)

    King Willem-Alexander, behind, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands have placed flowers at the memorial of former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany, during their visit on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017. ( Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Dutch royal couple has visited the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, placing white roses in memory of the victims.

Some 280,000 people were deported by the Nazis to Buchenwald, near the city of Weimar in Thuringia. They included some 3,000 from the Netherlands, many of whom were in the Dutch resistance.

A total of 56,000 people died in the camp by the time it was liberated by American forces in 1945, including 700 from the Netherlands.

On Wednesday, Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima paid tribute to the victims in a ceremony held on the camp's former muster ground, where inmates were formed up for roll call.

The two were to travel later in the day to the state of Saxony, then further on to Saxony-Anhalt.