A central aspect of looking back on the 150‑year history of the Foreign Office is grappling with its members’ knowledge of and complicity in the Nazi crimes against humanity.
75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the German Government is working to ensure the permanent conservation of the memorial and museum at that site. To this end, the Bundestag has earmarked 30 million euros in the Federal Foreign Office budget.
During her visit to Poland for the events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Minister of State Müntefering is promoting projects with young people designed to encourage examination of the past.
Up to 1944 over one million Jews were murdered in mass shootings by the German occupying forces in what is now Ukraine. The Federal Foreign Office is promoting efforts to create memorial sites and address the past.
To this day, the suppression of the uprising is a symbol of the unimaginable crimes committed by the Germans and of the Polish nation’s desire for freedom. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Poland today to attend the ceremonies of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the uprising.