Holocaust museum affirms German guilt: Fischer

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15 March 2005, JERUSALEM - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer affirmed Germany's special moral responsibility for the Holocaust ahead of the opening later on Tuesday of a new Holocaust museum at Israel's Yad Vashem memorial compound in Jerusalem.

15 March 2005

JERUSALEM - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer affirmed Germany's special moral responsibility for the Holocaust ahead of the opening later on Tuesday of a new Holocaust museum at Israel's Yad Vashem memorial compound in Jerusalem.

Before meeting with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Fischer spoke of a "very special visit", adding that the Holocaust was the "darkest moment" in German history.

Fischer said that there could be no question of Israel's fundamental right to exist.

Earlier on Tuesday, Fischer held talks about the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians with Israeli opposition politicians Yossi Sarid of the Meretz party and Yosef Lapid of the Shinui party.

Before the opening of the Holocaust museum, Fischer also plans to meet with his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom.

Officials from 40 countries have been invited to the opening of the museum on Tuesday evening.

The gathering of foreign heads of state is expected to be the largest in Israel since the burial ten years ago of assassinated premier Yitzhak Rabin, according to a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Extraordinary security measures are in place in Jerusalem as a result of the number of high-level visitors.

DPA

Subject: German news

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