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Commemorating the upcoming 80th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, German President Steinmeier said the suffering of the former Soviet people should be “burned into Germany’s collective memory.” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke at the German-Russian museum in Berlin-Karlhorst on Friday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. The museum is located in the same building where the German Wehrmacht signed the unconditional surrender to representatives of the Soviet Union, the United States, Great Britain and France on May 8, 1945. “Nobody during this war mourned more victims than the people of the former Soviet Union,” Steinmeier said, adding that the German war against the Soviets was carried out with “murderous barbarism.” “It weighs on us that our fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers who waged this war, were involved in these crimes,” he added.

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