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Nazi camp: Merkel pauses campaign to visit Dachau

Nazi camp: Merkel is the first German chancellor to visit the Dachau concentration camp. Angela Merkel spoke with survivors and talked of the 'deep sadness and shame' the Nazi camp engendered.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays a wreath at the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau where more than 43,000 people were murdered and over 200,000 were imprisoned during the Nazis’ terror reign from 1933-1945, on Tuesday, Aug.20.

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Angela Merkel laid a wreath at Dachau concentration camp on Tuesday, making her the first German chancellor to visit the death camp where Nazis killed more than 41,000 people in the Holocaust.

Taking a pause in her campaign for a third term in office, the chancellor met survivors, including Abba Naor, an 85-year-old Jew whose mother and 5-year-old brother were murdered in concentration camps along with dozens more relatives.

"Merkel is coming here to say we will never forget what happened here," the Lithuanian-born former inmate said.


The Nazis set up Dachau, near Munich, in 1933, weeks after Adolf Hitler took power, to detain political rivals. It became the prototype for a network of camps where 6 million Jews were murdered, as well as Roma, Russians, Poles, Christian Scientists, and homosexuals.


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