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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

Operation Barbarossa - German tanks on the eastern front in 1941

75th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa Unfathomable suffering

75 years ago Hitler launched his war of annihilation against the Soviet Union. "We must never forget what Germans did in the Soviet Union," declared Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a remembrance ceremony in the German Bundestag. Peace in Europe is inextricably bound up with German-Russian relations, he said. more

François Hollande and Angela Merkel together lit the eternal flame in the entzünden gemeinsam die Flamme in the National Necropolis of Douaumont.

100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun We must keep the memories alive, says Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for us to learn from the past "in order to build a good future". It is essential to remain vigilant and "nip dangerous trends in the bud", said the Chancellor at the memorial ceremony in Verdun. more

In the German Bundestag Chancellor Angela Merkel sits next to Federal President Joachim Gauck, Bundesrat President Stanislaw Tillich and the writer and Holocaust survivor Ruth Klüger.

Remembrance ceremony in German Bundestag A Holocaust survivor remembers

At a remembrance ceremony the German Bundestag has paid tribute to the victims of National Socialism. The Chancellor and the Federal President attended. Ruth Klüger, Holocaust survivor and thus eye-witness, gave a harrowing account of her experiences as a forced labourer during the National Socialist regime. more