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Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Angela Merkel in the German Bundestag

Paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust A warning to us today

In a remembrance ceremony, attended by the Chancellor, the German Bundestag has paid tribute to the victims of National Socialism. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch gave an account of her fate in the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Today, she said in her speech, we must ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. more

Podcast Angela Merkel calls for a fight against anti-Semitism.

It is the Chancellor’s ‚daily bread‘ to counter anti-Semitism and xenophobia with all her strength. It is a disgrace, declared Angela Merkel, that no Jewish facilities can exist without police protection. more

The people of West Berlin welcome visitors from Potsdam on the Glienicke Bridge. An East German Trabant can be seen in the foreground.

Commemoration and remembrance 9 November - a historically signficant date

9 November is a day that mirrors German 20th century history unlike any other. This day is the anniversary of many key events. It is often referred to as the "day of destiny of the German people". more

Passers-by on Sebastianstraße (West Berlin side) watch the border soldiers building the wall.

The Berlin Wall The inhuman structure

The construction of the wall on 13 August 1961 shaped a whole epoch. For 28 years, the wall divided Berlin, separated families, destroyed ways of life - and claimed the lives of numerous people. Generations of Germans suffered the consequences of the division of Germany. more

Wreaths at the memorial centre at the former National Socialist execution yard in Berlin-Plötzensee

NS tyranny Commemorating German resistance fighters

It was 20 July 1944 when Graf von Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators attempted to assassinate Hitler. The plan was to detonate a bomb at Hitler’s headquarters. The assassination attempt failed. The dictator was only slightly injured – and the resistance fighters paid for their deed with their lives. more

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis speaks at the central ceremony of the German government  in remembrance of the victims of displacement and expulsion.

Day of remembrance for victims of displacement and expulsion The hope that history will not repeat itself

Memories, correctly understood, are an important component in addressing displacement and expulsion, said Federal Interior Minister de Maizière. He was attending the German government’s remembrance ceremony in Berlin for the victims of displacement and expulsion. more

Federal Economic Affairs Minister Brigitte  Zypries at the ceremony to commemorate the victims of 17 June 1953 in Berlin

Uprising of 17 June 1953 Remembering the victims

The German government has honoured the memory of the victims of the popular uprising on 17 June 1953 in what was then the German Democratic Republic. At least 55 of those involved in the uprising were killed. The commemorative ceremony on Saturday was held at the memorial to the victims of the uprising in Berlin. more

The people of West Berlin welcome visitors from Potsdam on the Glienicke Bridge. An East German Trabant can be seen in the foreground.

Commemoration and remembrance 9 November - a historically signficant date

9 November is a day that mirrors German 20th century history unlike any other. This day is the anniversary of many key events. It is often referred to as the "day of destiny of the German people". more