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Israel: 'I wish I could say Germans have learned' - Steinmeier at Holocaust Forum

Israel, Yad Vashem
January 23, 2020 at 18:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said Germany is still dealing with the "same evil" that was responsible for the holocaust at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial museum in Jerusalem on Thursday.

"I wish I could say that we Germans have learned from history once and for all. But I cannot say that when hatred is spreading. I cannot say that when Jewish children are spat on in the schoolyard, I cannot say that when crude anti-Semitism is cloaked in supposed criticism of Israeli policy. And I cannot say that, ladies and gentleman, when only a thick wooden door prevents a right-wing terrorist from causing a massacre, a bloodbath, in a synagogue in the city of Halle on Yom Kippur," he continued, vowing that the holocaust should "never again" be able to happen.

Steinmeier allegedly gave his speech in English as not to offend any Holocaust survivors in the audience by speaking in German.

The Halle attack occurred on October 9 2019. Two people were killed after a man opened fire near a synagogue where the Jewish community was observing the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. One woman was shot dead outside the synagogue, near a Jewish cemetery, and one man was killed in 'Kiez Doner.'

The ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program includes speeches from heads of states and Holocaust survivors.

Mandatory Credit: The European Jewish Congress (EJC).

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said Germany is still dealing with the "same evil" that was responsible for the holocaust at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial museum in Jerusalem on Thursday.

"I wish I could say that we Germans have learned from history once and for all. But I cannot say that when hatred is spreading. I cannot say that when Jewish children are spat on in the schoolyard, I cannot say that when crude anti-Semitism is cloaked in supposed criticism of Israeli policy. And I cannot say that, ladies and gentleman, when only a thick wooden door prevents a right-wing terrorist from causing a massacre, a bloodbath, in a synagogue in the city of Halle on Yom Kippur," he continued, vowing that the holocaust should "never again" be able to happen.

Steinmeier allegedly gave his speech in English as not to offend any Holocaust survivors in the audience by speaking in German.

The Halle attack occurred on October 9 2019. Two people were killed after a man opened fire near a synagogue where the Jewish community was observing the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. One woman was shot dead outside the synagogue, near a Jewish cemetery, and one man was killed in 'Kiez Doner.'

The ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program includes speeches from heads of states and Holocaust survivors.

Mandatory Credit: The European Jewish Congress (EJC).

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