Germany Remembers 1942 Nazi Conference
By SONJA DECHIAN | Published: JANUARY 23, 2012
Friday was the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi officicals coordinated plans for the genocide of European Jews.
German President Christian Wulff spoke of German ‘shame’ during a ceremony at the villa on the Wannsee lake on the outskirts of Berlin where Nazi officials adopted the ‘Final Solution’ in 1942.
‘It is important and a national task to keep the memory alive,’ Wulff said ‘This place and the name ‘Wannsee’ has become a symbol for the bureaucratically organised decision between life worth living and life not worth living, for state-organised extermination, for the planned and official systematic killing of Europe’s Jews.’
The building is now a memorial and education center.