When the Nazis capitulated her in the spring of 1945, seven-year-old Rahel Mann emerged from the cellar in which she had been hiding for months. Carolina Machhaus tells Rahel's story.
Video messages have replaced gatherings to mark 75 years since Allied troops liberated three death camps in then-Nazi Germany. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said giving each victim a minute's silence would take weeks.
Because of the pandemic, commemorations to mark 75 years since the end of World War II were kept small. But they still provided the platform for an alarming speech by Germany's president, DW's Christoph Strack writes.
The end of World War II was followed by an ideological battle over guilt and responsibility. West Germany was slower to face the challenge than communist East Germany with its state policy of anti-fascism.
Merkel is paying her first visit as chancellor to the site of the Nazi concentration camp and extermination center Auschwitz-Birkenau. While it is "a place that commands silence," the setting also demands earnest words.
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