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Peres meets German President before key speech

Peres meets German President before key speech
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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.