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Marcel Dirsus @marceldirsus
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It's Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day) today. Every year on this day, I remember the end of a speech German President Richard von Weizsäcker gave on the 8th of May 1985. To me, his words are as relevant today as they were then - for Germany and others:
"From our own history we learn what man is capable of. For that reason we must not imagine that we are now quite different and have become better."
"There is no ultimately achievable moral perfection – for no individual and for no nation. We have learned as human beings, and as human beings we remain in danger. But we have the strength to overcome such danger again and again."
"Hitler's constant approach was to stir up prejudices, enmity and
hatred."
"What is asked of young people today is this: do not let yourselves be forced into enmity and hatred of other people, of Russians or Americans, Jews or Turks, of alternatives or conservatives, blacks or whites. Learn to live together, not in opposition to each other."
"As democratically elected politicians, we, too, should heed this time and again and set a good example."
"Let us honour freedom.
Let us work for peace.
Let us respect the rule of law.
Let us be true to our own conception of justice.
On this 8th of May, let us face up as well as we can to the truth."
The speech was given during the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the End of War in Europe and of National-Socialist Tyranny. It was an important point in post-war German history for a number of reasons.
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