Germany’s “love letter” to a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors

It makes me feel ashamed of myself.  I know this has not been your intention.  But all the horror I have inflicted upon your grandparents – and thereby upon you as well – and upon your entire people does not become less horrible because it is our past, but it becomes even more horrible because sadly anti-Semitism is still and again our present – more than it seems to you when you fortunately feel my embrace.  And I have learned the wrong lesson from our common history.  “Never again war” is the wrong lesson.  “Never again lack of freedom” would be the right lesson.


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