Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on Sunday will be the first German leader to take part in celebrating D-Day, the Allied landing in Normandy in 1944 that led to Europe's liberation from the Nazis. DW-WORLD readers commented.
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I absolutely believe Germany should take part in the D-Day ceremony. Germany has come so far over the past 60 years. Their opposition to the war in Iraq is just one more example of Germany's non-aggressive posture in today's world. I also know that many of the German soldiers during the war were doing what they felt was their duty. Their blood on the battlefield was just as red as the Allies'. It is only right to include all victims of D-Day during the ceremony.
-- Andrew E. Tompkins, USA
I would welcome the attendance of Germans because I know that it would be in the right spirit. I feel that Germany is a very good friend of America now and always will be. -- Paul Babcock, USA
I believe that Deutschland must participate in the "D-Day" ceremony, as long as Schröder pays the same respect to the fallen German soldiers buried in La Cambe as he plans to do with the English ones. If Schröder does that, then he will earn the respect of many people, that like me, believe that the official history was written by the Allies and it's not entirely true. At least, the excuse by Kohl was an honest one and not by a populist.
-- Luis Iñarra
It's time for reconciliation. Germany should take part in the D-day commemoration. -- Alexandre Vallim, Brazil
Yes, yes, for sure Germany has to be there. Germany is part of our European history. It should be looked upon as a model and a bitter warning of what nations can accomplish. Germany was, as it still is, a model in setting standards in technology and economic development. Germany also administered a very, very bitter lesson in history of what may happen when madness becomes a substitute for reason. Germany should be there, Germany should participate as a reckoning party of our common past and as a proud member of today's Europe! -- Constantinescu Nicolaie