Merkel gives an apology call to Putin for the Nazi attack
The Kremlin Palace announced that Angela Merkel called Putin on June 22nd and expressed sympathy for the immeasurable sadness and suffering brought by the war started by the Nazi regime. They added that she emphasized the importance for both countries to preserve historical memories of these tragic events.
The Soviet Union lost 27 million lives of soldiers and citizens from the attack. Russia has designated this day as “the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow” to honor the anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.
“June 22nd still brings anger and grief to the hearts of all generations. Their tough experiences and terrible years are literally imprinted upon our memories,” Putin said in a speech at the tomb of an unknown warrior next to the Kremlin Palace.
Earlier on June 19th, Chancellor Merkel also mentioned on a podcast to her country that the Nazi’s invasion of the Soviet Union would soon mark the 80th year and said, “It is a shameful day for Germans, and I humbly bow to the survivors.”
This is not the first time Chancellor Merkel apologized for the past event. Exactly ten years ago, Merkel had knelt at a commemoration marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II at the West Palette coastal fort outside Gdansk, Poland and apologized for Nazi Germany’s atrocities.
Both the perpetrator and the victim country facing up to a historical tragedy, admitting their wrongdoings, and mourning the day together are clearly exemplary and advisable for other countries around the world.
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