Angela Merkel to speak at event marking postwar expulsion of Germans

27th September 2007, Comments 1 comment

27 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to speak at an event next month marking the mass expulsion of German speakers from countries like Poland and the Czech Republic at the end of World War II, a government spokesman confirmed.

27 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to speak at an event next month marking the mass expulsion of German speakers from countries like Poland and the Czech Republic at the end of World War II, a government spokesman confirmed.

The chancellor was continuing a long tradition established by her predecessors in attending major events organized by the German Federation of Expellees (BdV), Thomas Steg said.

Steg said the chancellor would recall efforts for reconciliation among Europeans in her speech at the event on October 22, which marks the 50th anniversary of the BdV's foundation.

He noted that the government continued to back establishing a visible memorial to the millions of German speakers driven out of Eastern Europe in Berlin.

The activities of the BdV are watched with concern in Poland in particular, where there is strong opposition to establishing a centre to mark the expulsions in Berlin as demanded by the BdV.
DPA
Subject: German news

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