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Germany's Christmas Markets Open a Year After Attack

Some 2,600 Christmas markets opened Nov. 27, 2017, across Germany under tighter-than-usual security — nearly a year after an Islamist militant killed 12 people by driving a truck into crowds. VOA's Marissa Melton was in Germany as the markets opened Monday.
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Chilly temperatures and a steady drizzle did not deter shoppers intent on enjoying sparkling lights, mulled wine, and colorful holiday offerings at Berlin's Christmas markets, Nov. 27, 2017.
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Chilly temperatures and a steady drizzle did not deter shoppers intent on enjoying sparkling lights, mulled wine, and colorful holiday offerings at Berlin's Christmas markets, Nov. 27, 2017.

The steps of the church, whose ruined steeple serves as a World War II memorial, have been the site of an unofficial shrine to the victims since the attack Dec. 19, 2016. (M. Melton/VOA) Berlin's Christmas markets, Nov. 27, 2017.
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The steps of the church, whose ruined steeple serves as a World War II memorial, have been the site of an unofficial shrine to the victims since the attack Dec. 19, 2016. (M. Melton/VOA) Berlin's Christmas markets, Nov. 27, 2017.

Many shoppers said they have confidence that the security measures in place — concrete barriers and plenty of police officers — would ensure a peaceful evening at Berlin's Christmas markets, Nov. 27, 2017.
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Many shoppers said they have confidence that the security measures in place — concrete barriers and plenty of police officers — would ensure a peaceful evening at Berlin's Christmas markets, Nov. 27, 2017.

Martin Germer, pastor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, reads a tribute to the victims of the Dec. 19, 2016, attack as Berlin's Christmas markets open on Nov. 27, 2017.
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Martin Germer, pastor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, reads a tribute to the victims of the Dec. 19, 2016, attack as Berlin's Christmas markets open on Nov. 27, 2017.

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