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German Chancellor Marks 60th Anniversary of Nazi Concentration Camp Liberation

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder lays down flowers at former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has taken part in a solemn ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp.

Mr. Schroeder expressed shame on behalf of his nation as he acknowledged the death of more than 56,000 people at the camp. He also emphasized the need for continuing vigilance against anti-Semitism and far-right violence.

Survivors and liberators were among hundreds who attended the ceremony Sunday.

The camp, near the German city of Weimar, was opened in 1937 to house political dissidents, Jews, Roma, homosexuals and others targeted by the Nazi government for persecution.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.