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German President Gauck: There is no German identity without Auschwitz

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 01:10

German President Joachim Gauck reminds German people not to forget that the Holocaust belongs to the German identity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) German President Joachim Gauck said on Tuesday (January 27) that even 70 years since the liberation of the concentration camp, "there is no German identity without Auschwitz". Gauck spoke at an hour of remembrance at the German Bundestag. Some six million Jews as well as ethnic Roma, homosexuals, the disabled, and political opponents were put to death by Nazis during World War II, often in forced labor camps. Gauck told members of the German Parliament that Germany would carry a moral duty, which would not be fulfilled only in remembrance. "And even if the Holocaust for some people is not a key element of German identity anymore, it still stands: there is no German identity without Auschwitz. The remembrance of the Holocaust belongs to all the people living in Germany," he said. "It (Holocaust) belongs to the history of Germany and it is something specific. Here in Germany, where we walk past houses daily, where Jews were deported from, here in Germany, where the extermination was planned and organised. Here (in Germany) the horror from the past is closer and the responsibility greater for the present and the future than somewhere else," Gauck added. Holocaust survivors took part in the ceremony at the Bundestag. At least 1.1 million people died at the concentration camp Auschwitz, one million of them were Jews.

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German President Gauck: There is no German identity without Auschwitz

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 01:10