Merkel Sees ‘Everlasting Responsibility’ for German Nazi Crimes

Germany’s responsibility for crimes committed by the National Socialists will never expire, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on at an event to mark the 80th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s accession to power.

Germany has an “everlasting responsibility for the crimes of National Socialism, for the victims of World War II and, above all, for the Holocaust,” Merkel said in a video message. “And this must be made clear from generation to generation and it must be said with bravery and moral courage, every individual can make a contribution so that racism and antisemitism have no chance.”

On Jan. 30, Merkel will visit Berlin’s Topography of Terror Documentation Center, built on the foundations of the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office, which were destroyed during the war.

Exactly 80 years earlier, Hitler, leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, was sworn in as chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg. Two months later, a so-called Enabling Act allowed Hitler’s government to pass laws without parliamentary control and in violation of the constitution, paving the way for his dictatorship.

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