BERLIN (JTA) — Jewish leaders and political groups in Germany condemned a proposed national day of remembrance for the 12 million ethnic Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II.The proposal was to be heard in parliament Thursday.Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told reporters that “One could almost call [the proposal] a kind of retaliation” against remembrance of the victims of German war crimes.The governing political coalition parties — the conservative Christian Democratic Union, its sister party the Christian Social Union, and the center-right Free Democratic Party — proposed the annual memorial day for Aug. 5. On that day in 1950, the association of Germans from the annexed regions signed a Charter of German Expellees in which they “renounce revenge and retaliation.”According to news reports, the parties argued that the memorial day would not dissociate the expulsion of ethnic Germans from German responsibility for the war and for war crimes, but they said it was time that the stigmatization in Germany of expellees and their descendants come to an end.Opposition political leaders and a group of historians have condemned the proposal as revisionist and avoiding German guilt.