Chile's president says sorry for Nazi-linked phrase

26th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Monday apologized after using a phrase during a recent visit to Germany that he said he was unaware was linked to its "dark" Nazi past.

Pinera said he wrote the phrase "Deutschland über alles" (Germany above all) in a book signed by visitors to the office of the German president.

"I simply was unaware that phrase could be linked to a dark history of that country, and as such, I apologize, and ask for forgiveness on this case," Pinera said.

Pinera said that after he met with his German counterpart Christian Wulff, and wrote a message of thanks for German help after Chile's major earthquake, that he repeated a phrase he had learned at a German school as a boy in the 1950s and 60s.

He said he understood the phrase was from the era of Bismarck and German unification, but did not know it was associated with the Nazis.

© 2010 AFP

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