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Germany commemorates 80 years since Hitler's rise to power

Published on Jan 30, 2013 11:35 AM
A picture dated 30 January 1933 of SA sections marching through the Brandeburg Gate after Adolf Hitler won Presidential elections against Marshall Hindenburg and became German Chancellor. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Berlin on Wednesday commemorates Adolf Hitler's rise to power 80 years ago, with exhibitions exploring what Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Germany's "everlasting responsibility" for crimes committed by the Nazis.

In a black-and-white photo, visitors can make out the Fuehrer saluting the crowd from the chancellery window on the evening of Jan 30, 1933, after earlier having been made chancellor and been charged by president Paul von Hindenburg with forming a new government.

The picture is on display at "Berlin 1933. On the Path to Dictatorship", due to be opened by Dr Merkel in the German capital on Wednesday, on a site charged with history as the former headquarters of the Gestapo, the secret police of the Nazi regime.

It now houses The Topography of Terror, an open-air documentation centre whose exhibition will trace Hitler's first months in power through photos, newspapers and posters.

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