UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, that it is Germany’s responsibility “to make everyone feel safe” on its soil, calling for combating anti-Semitism.
“We bear the responsibility for everyone to feel safe here in Germany and in Europe,” Merkel said before a concert in Berlin to commemorate the six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis.
“We must fight vigorously against intolerance, hatred, racism and anti-Semitism,” at a time when Germany, as other European countries, is facing an escalation of anti-Semitism, especially from the extreme right.
“We especially have to educate the younger generations,” she added, before the ceremony which was also attended by Polish Prime Minister Matthews Morawiecki.
More than 200 Holocaust survivors gathered on Monday at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, where more than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, died.
Merkel visited Auschwitz as a consultant for the first time last December.
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