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It's the 8th of May, an important day in European history. On this occasion, let me post an excerpt of one of the most powerful speeches given in post-war Germany on this day by then President Richard von Weizsäcker in 1985:
"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."
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