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Merkel Tours Auschwitz With 'Sense Of Shame' And Warns Of Resurgent Anti-Semitism

It was the German leader's first official trip to the Nazi concentration camp. "These crimes are and will remain part of German history," she said, "and this history must be told over and over again."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks toward the main railway entrance to Birkenau, the largest of the camps that made up the Auschwitz complex in Poland. It was the German chancellor's first visit to the former Nazi death camp, an enduring symbol of the Holocaust, since taking office 14 years ago. Source: John MacDougall

Bogdan Bartnikowski recalls occasionally asking older inmates, out of innocence or desperation, when he would be released from Auschwitz. He recalls, too, the answer that inevitably came back.

"You want to be free?" they would tell Bartnikowski, who was 12 at the time. After a mirthless laugh, they would point to the chimneys. "This is how you get out. There is no other way

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