Germany on Sunday marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps in the central city of Weimar. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a commemoration ceremony at the German National Theater, accompanied by Thuringia’s State Premier Bodo Ramelow and the president of the state parliament, Birgit Keller. Both camps are located in what today is the eastern state of Thuringia. Holocaust survivors Eva Fahidi-Pusztai and Alex Hacker were also expected to attend. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave a speech in Weimar on Sunday In a speech, Steinmeier warned against wanting to forget the “barbarism” of Nazi Germany, adding that “anyone who no longer remembers what has happened has also forgotten what can happen.” “Yes, it was a dictatorship, a National Socialist rule that was responsible for the most cruel crimes and genocide, he emphasized. “But it was people, Germans, who did that to other people.” The head of state called for people to oppose those “who deliberately disregard the dignity of the victims today,” adding that it is important to keep the memory alive of those killed. What happened at Buchenwald? Between 1937 and 1945, the Nazis sent almost 280,000 people from all over Europe to Buchenwald and its 139 satellite… Read full this story
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