Tens of thousands of Germans have taken part in a candlelit vigil against right-wing extremism. Some 25,000 people formed a human chain that stretched more than 30 kilometres across Berlin. Coming on the eve of the 60th anniversary commemorations, it was a chance for demonstrators to recall Germany’s Second World War record. “I find it extremely important that we remember this day, especially in Germany – what can happen in 12 years, when Germany had a criminal government,” said one demonstrator.“We must again and again remember what happened at the time.” They were also protesting at a neo-Nazi march to be held today. The far-right National Democratic Party is to hold a rally in the capital, denouncing what it calls a “cult of guilt” over Germany’s role in the Second World War. Riot police will be out in force amid fears of clashes with anti-Nazi demonstrators.