Survivors commemorate liberation of Dachau

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2 May 2005, DACHAU - More than 1000 survivors of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday commemorated the 60th anniversary of its liberation by the Allies on 29 April 1945.

2 May 2005

DACHAU - More than 1000 survivors of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday commemorated the 60th anniversary of its liberation by the Allies on 29 April 1945.

The ceremony, which was attended by around 2,500 people, was conducted by the archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Friedrich Wetter. In his sermon, Cardinal Wetter urged the peoples of the world never again to close their eyes from terror and violence.

André Delpech, the president of the survivors' organisation 'Comité International de Dachau', said that the 60th anniversary would be the last time that the former inmates would come together. For the survivors it was a "source of hope" that more and more young people visited the memorial and stood up for human rights.

Max Mannheimer, 85, a former head of the committee, said that "Freedom for us lies not in repressing, but in remembering. … 'Never Forget' should be the unwritten preamble to the [German] constitution."

More than 200,000 prisoners from 38 countries were detained in Dachau throughout World War Two, with more than 30,000 dying during the camp's 12 years of operation. The camp has been open to the public as a memorial since 1965, with a new visitors' centre being opened in 2003.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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