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Peres meets German President before key speech

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Peres meets German President before key speech


In Germany, Israeli President Shimon Peres began the second day of his state visit by meeting Horst Koehler, his German counterpart. He had travelled to the official presidential residence ahead of a visit to the train station from where thousands of Berlin Jews were sent to their deaths.

Tomorrow, on the final day of his visit, Peres will give a speech in Hebrew at a special session of parliament to remember the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

It is a day that will no doubt be tinged with a personal poignancy. Peres’ grandparents were both killed by the Nazis. The date marks the 65th anniversay of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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