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Merkel to make historic visit as chancellor to Nazis' Dachau camp

Published on Aug 20, 2013 10:02 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - Angela Merkel will become the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau on Tuesday as she steps up warnings about the far-right threat while campaigning for a third term.

Ahead of an evening election rally in Dachau, northwest of Munich, Ms Merkel will arrive at the memorial at 1645 GMT (0045 Wednesday Singapore time ) and, after making a short speech, lay a wreath of flowers and tour the remnants of the camp.

Ms Merkel, 59, will be joined by the president of the Dachau camp committee of former prisoners, Max Mannheimer, and other survivors. Only part of the visit will be open to media.

The 93-year-old Mannheimer had long lobbied for Ms Merkel to pay a visit to the camp and said he saw her decision as "historic" and a "signal of respect for the former detainees".

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