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Federal President of Germany : Steinmeier: memory must remain alive

remembering the atrocities of the national socialists, must not freeze, in the words of Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to be a mere Ritual. "I am convinced that We must keep our remembrance with the heart and fresh ideas alive," said Steinmeier on Monday evening on the occasion of the benefit concert of the Federal President in Bremen. He paid tribute to the memorial site Bunker Valentin in Bremen. Thousands of forced laborers had to build Europe's second-largest above-ground Bunker during the Second world war. Many were killed.

Such places of memory are important, stressed Steinmeier. "Especially in a time in which more and more young people have the impression that you know little about the crimes of the national socialists. If that's true, then it is time, once fundamental about the Form of our commemorative culture of thinking.“ With half of the proceeds of the benefit concert, a club will be supported to take care of the Bunker Valentin. The other half goes to the common "Foundation culture Fund of Haifa". The city in Israel Bremen's sister city.

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In the Bremen concert hall "die Glocke" played on Monday, the German chamber Philharmonic of Bremen and the Turkish Pianist and composer Fazil Say under the leadership of the American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane works by Mozart, Gershwin and Bernstein. Steinmeier continued with the concert, a 1988 Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker, launched concert series. It is held annually aligned in turn in the States. (dpa)

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