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Merkel remembers the victims of Nazism on the 76th anniversary of World War II

Posted on05/14/2021 by
Merkel remembers the victims of Nazism on the 76th anniversary of World War II

On the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, recalled last Saturday, May 8, 2021, the victims of Nazism and stressed the importance of keeping their memory alive: "It is our eternal responsibility to keep long live the memory of the millions of people who lost their lives during the years of the National Socialist dictatorship ", declared the Chancellor in a message shared by the Government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, on his Twitter account. Merkel added that "May 8, 1945 was a day of liberation" that "marked the end of the National Socialist dictatorship and the breakdown of civilization that was the Shoa."Merkel remembers the victims of Nazism on the 76th anniversary of World War IIThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, also thanked through Twitter on the day of liberation all those who "risked and sacrificed their lives millions of times to liberate the world from fascism." And he added: "Unfortunately, the idea of ​​fascism has not yet been completely eradicated today. Every day we have to stand together in favor of democracy and freedom." Also the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, stressed last Friday in a speech the importance of keeping alive the memory of the crimes committed by the National Socialist regime. "Addressing National Socialism, remembering injustice and guilt, does not weaken our democracy; on the contrary, it strengthens its power of resistance and its solidity," he said.

The memory of the crimes against humanity brought about by the Shoah, of the devastation caused by National Socialism and racism, have become part of German identity and must be so in the future as well, he said. It is necessary to be aware that "each generation assimilates history anew and that in each generation memory becomes a task again," he added.

REMEMBERING THE PAST:

On May 7, 1945, General Alfred Jodl, who had been in command of the battered Nazi army and the defense of Berlin after Hitler's suicide, went to the US barracks accompanied by the highest ranks of the German army that were at hand. to sign the total surrender of Germany in front of the allied armies. No one was surprised by the news as the city of Berlin was taken and the last strongholds of German resistance were being suffocated with relative ease, but it was such a long-awaited event that when the popular response finally occurred it was an explosion of joy. and celebration throughout the continent. Since then, May 8 is remembered as Victory Day in Europe.

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