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Inaugural visit as a video conference Chancellor meets with her Ukrainian counterpart

The new norm during the pandemic – the inaugural visit of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, which had been planned for some time, finally took the form of a video conference linking Kyiv and Berlin. One item on the agenda was Ukraine’s path towards reform, which Germany continues to support.

The Chancellor on the work of health offices Warm thanks

The Chancellor has paid a virtual visit to the Harz District Health Office to thank the staff there, as representatives of the dedicated staff of all health offices in Germany.

Angela Merkel reports on meeting with state premiers "A balanced outcome"

Schools are to reopen for students before the summer holidays, people in hospitals and care home are to be allowed visitors again – the federal and state governments have decided on further easing of the measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. An emergency mechanism is to ensure that any new spike in infections can be quickly contained. more


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Day of Liberation

Day of Liberation 8 May 1945

A group of young women wear dresses made from the flags of the Allies (USA, France, United Kingdom, Soviet Union). open popup 8 May 1945: The Wehrmacht signed the unconditional surrender. Paris celebrated the end of the Second World War in Europe. Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

German soldiers shoot Polish civilians in September 1939. open popup Looking back  to 1 September 1939: Germany's invasion of Poland marked the start of the Second World War. Atrocities against civilians and war crimes were systematic parts of this era. Photo: picture-alliance / akg-images

Prisoners from Neuengamme concentration camp perform forced labour

Prisoners from Neuengamme concentration camp dig the branch canal from the brickworks to the River Dove-Elbe. open popup One of the darkest chapters in German history - the concentration camps. Neuengamme concentration camp alone counted one million prisoners, half of whom died. Photo: KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme/picture-alliance/ dpa

Battle of Stalingrad, USSR, Second World War

The battle for Stalingrad. German prisoners of war in a Siberian camp (about 1942). open popup The battle for Stalingrad between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army was the most brutal battle of the Second World War. More than 700,000 lives were lost. Hitler suffered his first defeat, which marked a turning point on the Eastern Front. Photo: picture alliance / IMAGNO/Votava

Liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau

The liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Above the entrance a sign reads, "Arbeit macht frei" (work liberates). open popup The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. More than one million  people were murdered here between 1940 and 1945. 90 per cent were Jews from Hungary, Poland, Italy, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Croatia, the Soviet Union, Austria and Germany. Photo: Getty Images/Wojtek Laski

D-Day. The Allies land in Normandy on 6 June 1944

D-Day - the Allies land in Normandy open popup 6 June 1944: The Allied landings in Normandy ushered in the end of the war. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives in the landings. Photo: picture-alliance/dpa

Second World War: Dresden lies in ruins after the 1945 bombing attacks

Aerial shots reveal the scale of destruction in Dresden after Allied bombing raids on 13 and 14 February 1945. open popup 13 and 14 February 1945: Allied bombing raids left Dresden in ruins. Tens of thousands of people died in the inferno. Photo: ullstein bild

Second World War. Capitulation. Berlin Karlshorst - a repeat of the signing of the unconditional surrender

Wehrmacht representatives sign the unconditional surrender. open popup 8 May 1945: Field Marshall Keitel signed the unconditional surrender to the Red Army on behalf of the Wehrmacht. One day earlier Germany had capitulated to the Western Allies in Reims.   Photo: ullstein bild - SPUTNIK

Second Word War - refugees, expulsion, displacement

People flee from the eastern territories on foot and with horse-drawn carts. open popup At the end of the war, millions of Germans from the eastern territories had to flee their homes. Apparently endless streams of refugees from East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia made their way westwards. Ill equipped and with little food they made their way right across the destroyed country. Photo: picture-alliance / dpa

Second World War. Capitulation in 1945: Jubilant Soviet soldiers in Berlin

After Germany surrenders, Soviet soldiers celebrate the end of the war in Berlin, against the backdrop of the Victory Column. open popup Spring 1945: Red Army soldiers enter Berlin and celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany. Photo: ullstein bild - SPUTNIK

The Day of Liberation 1945

The entire world celebrates the end of the Nazi regime. In the streets of New York sailors celebrate the end of the war. open popup The entire world celebrates the end of the Nazi regime. Sailors celebrate on the streets of New YorkPhoto: Corbis via Getty Images

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial site

Railway tracks lead to the memorial site at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. open popup Today the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and other former concentration and extermination camps bear testimony to the tyranny of the National Socialists. Photo: Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

Shoes at Majdanek concentration camp memorial site

An enormous pile of shoes that belonged to Jewish victims at Majdanek concentration camp open popup Many relicts remind us of the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. These shoes at Majdanek concentration camp belonged to murdered children. Photo: Tim Graham/robertharding/laif

Platform 17 Memorial. Deportation. Roses between the tracks.

Roses between the tracks at the Platform 17 Memorial in Berlin. Thousands of people were deported from here to concentration and extermination camps during the Second World War. open popup Platform 17 Memorial in Berlin-Grunewald is a memorial to the many Jewish children, women and men who were deported from here in cattle trucks. Most of them never returned. Photo: Getty Images/Sean Gallup

Holocaust Memorial

A rose lies on one of the columns that make up the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. open popup The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is a memorial to the six million Jews murdered in Europe. Photo: Florian Gaertner/

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