Merkel noted that the Germans should not forget about the events of World War II, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Die Welt.
"We Germans have a particular responsibility here to handle what we perpetrated in the period of National Socialism attentively, sensitively and also knowledgeably," said the Chancellor.
According to her, the visit to Russia on May 10 would be "very important" for her. "At the moment we are having profound contradictions with Russia – especially on the issue of what is happening in Ukraine. Despite this, it is important for me, together with the Russian president to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the millions of victims of World War II Germany is responsible for," she said.
Merkel added that not to make the events of that time repeat, it was necessary to study "the history of National Socialism, the history of the concentration camps, the history of the persecution of minorities, dissidents and the history of the Holocaust."
It should be recalled that back in March of this year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to visit Moscow on May 9, where there will be held a parade on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. But she pledged to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with President Putin on May 10.