Germany celebrates Nazi surrender: Words "thank you" highlighted in 4 languages at Brandenburg Gate

Source : 112 Ukraine

Now 77% of Germans associate May 8 with "liberation", 81% - with a "new beginning"
20:16, 9 May 2020
"Thank you" on four languages on Brandenburg Gate
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The words "thank you" were highlighted in 4 languages ​​at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on the day of Nazi capitulation on May 8. 80% of Germans consider this date to be the day of liberation. It is reported by Deutsche welle.

"Liberation came from outside. It had to come from outside - this country was mired too deeply in its evil, in its guilt. But both the economic revival and the new democratic beginning in the western part of Germany became possible only due to the generosity, insight and readiness for reconciliation shown by former military adversaries," said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on May 8.

Together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he laid wreaths at the main memorial to the victims of war and tyranny in Germany, Neue Wache, in order to commemorate the victims of Nazism.

And in the evening on the same day at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin the words "thank you" were lit in Russian, English, French and German. The initiative belonged to Kulturprojekte Berlin.

“With this projection, Berlin would like to thank the Allies after 75 years for the liberation of Europe from National Socialism,” informed Kulturprojekte Berlin.
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Every year on May 8, Germany recalls the statement of former President Richard von Weizsacker, who for the first time called the day of the end of World War II in Europe the day of the liberation of the Germans as well, the newspaper said.

"This day freed - freed us all - from the hateful system of the National Socialist dictatorship," Weizsäcker said, speaking to the Bundestag on May 8, 1985.

According to a representative survey conducted by the German Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Conflict and Violence, 77% of Germans now associate May 8 with "liberation", 81% with a "new beginning."

In Germany on May 8, the day of the end of World War II in Europe was celebrated this year quite differently than in previous years. The coronavirus epidemic forced to cancel all major public events dedicated to this date, including the main state solemn act appointed by the president, which is the highest form of political celebration in Germany.
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