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Dietmar Woidke calls for a memorial to Poland in Berlin – “Germany recognises its historical responsibility”

14.02.2018 - Press release

Dietmar Woidke, Coordinator of German-Polish Intersocietal and Cross-Border Cooperation, issued the following statement today (14 February):

No one in Germany has any doubt that it was in German concentration camps where millions of terrible crimes were perpetrated by Germans. Germany will continue to do its utmost to live up to its responsibility and to keep memories of the past alive as a warning.

I support the current initiative by civil society to erect a memorial in the heart of our capital to the Polish victims of Germany’s occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945

Background information:

Dietmar Woidke will open the exhibition, Order and Annihilation – the Police and the Nazi Regime, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on 13 April. The exhibition depicts the role of German police officers in the genocide during Germany’s occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945. During his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial in 2016, Woidke suggested that the exhibition, which was curated a few years ago, be shown in Poland for the first time. During his visit in April, he will meet Piotr Cywiński, Director of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, as well as officials from the town of Oświęcim and the Lesser Poland Region.

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