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German President visits Jewish synagogue in Greece


German President visits Jewish synagogue in Greece

German President Joachim Gauck has visited a synagogue and Holocaust survivors in the north-western city of Ioannina as part of a three-day visit to Greece.

Ioannina had a large Jewish community during World War II, numbering thousands, most of whom were taken in March 1944 and sent to concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Gauck apologised and expressed sorrow and shame to the victims’ families. He laid a wreath at a village memorial and spoke of reconciliation between Greece and Germany.

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