Germans Confront Nazi Legacy

75th anniversary of Hitler's rise prompts new memorials
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 10:35 AM CST
Ronald S. Lauder, the President of the World Jewish Congress, visits the Berlin Holocaust Memorial on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Fritz Reiss)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Germany marks the 75th year since Hitler seized power, the effort to come to terms with Nazi horrors is anything but over, the New York Times reports. The minister of culture yesterday green-lighted construction on two new Berlin-based Holocaust memorials, one to murdered Gypsies and one to gay and lesbian victims. A host of other Holocaust museums and exhibitions have opened recently around the country.

German soul-searching over the Holocaust now focuses on younger generations. "We're planning for people who aren't even born yet," one Munich official said. Israel's ex-ambassador to Germany praised the effort at a recent commemoration: “Where in the world has one ever seen a nation that erects memorials to immortalize its own shame? Only the Germans had the bravery and the humility.”