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Germany has 'everlasting responsibility' for Nazi crimes: Merkel

Published on Jan 27, 2013 6:12 AM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a ceremony with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (out of frame) at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago as part of her official visit to Chile in the framework of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)-European Union (EU) Summit, on January 26, 2013. Latin American and European leaders open a two-day summit here Saturday to give a fresh impetus to efforts to seal a free trade agreement between their two blocs. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany has "an everlasting responsibility" for the crimes committed by the Nazis, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, just days ahead of the 80th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's takeover of power.

"Naturally, we have an everlasting responsibility for the crimes of national-socialism, for the victims of World War II, and above all, for the Holocaust," Dr Merkel said in a podcast on her website.

Her remarks came as the world prepares to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan 27, the date in 1945 when the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in then occupied Poland.

In another significant date, Wednesday will mark eight decades since Hitler was appointed chancellor on Jan 30, 1933 by then president Paul von Hindenburg.

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