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.

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“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

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