Germans recall Holocaust victims

29 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) – Germans held services around the country on Saturday to mark the annual Holocaust Memorial Day, while the country’s Jewish community issued a stern warning about the danger of denying the crime in which some six million Jews were murdered.

Politicians led the way in the ceremonies at various Holocaust sites in marking the day set up to coincide with the January 27, 1945 liberation of the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

In Berlin, the Greens party laid a wreath at the Pulitzbruecke memorial, with party leader Claudia Roth saying, “we are responsible for battling right-wing extremism, anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner attitudes.”

Pulitzbruecke was the former railway station used during World War II for the deportation of Berlin’s Jews to concentration camps.