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Home / World News / German president apologises to LGBT community for decades of injustice by Hitler regime

German president apologises to LGBT community for decades of injustice by Hitler regime

Germany President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke Sunday in a ceremony marking the persecution of gays by the Hitler regime.

world Updated: Jun 03, 2018 23:27 IST
AP, Berlin
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier bows in front of the memorial for the Nazi-persecuted gays in Berlin, Germany.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier bows in front of the memorial for the Nazi-persecuted gays in Berlin, Germany.(AP Photo)

Germany’s President has asked gays for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World War II.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke Sunday in a ceremony marking the persecution of gays by the Hitler regime.

The dpa news agency quoted Steinmeier as saying that the harsh treatment continued in the post-war era, in both parts of a then-divided Germany, where homosexuality for years remained a criminal offence.

The President says that “this is why I’m asking for forgiveness today, for all the suffering and injustice, and the silence that followed”.

Steinmeier says he wants to reassure “all gays, lesbians and bisexuals, all queers, trans- and intersexuals” that they are protected in today’s Germany.

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