In Germany, a memorial has taken place to mark the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the official start of the mass extermination of Jews.
It was on January 20, 1942 when 15 high-ranking Nazi officials met in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to plan what has became widely known as Hitler’s “final solution to the Jewish question”.
Today, the once noble guest house is a museum dedicated to keeping alive the memory of terrible event. Germany’s President Christian Wulff led the commemorations.
Some historians say Germany’s systematic extermination policy began six months earlier with the killing of hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews.