Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel makes a speech during a visit at Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland [Anadolu]
Angela Merkel has expressed “deep shame” during her first visit as Germany‘s chancellor to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust memorial and pledged to fight rising racism and anti-Semitism in her country and Europe.
A black-clad Merkel said on Friday that the crimes committed at the site in southern Poland, where the Nazis ran their largest death camp, would always be part of German history.
“This site obliges us to keep the memory alive. We must remember the crimes that were committed here and name them clearly,” Merkel said during a ceremony attended by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“I feel deep shame given the barbaric crimes