Germany asks neo-Nazi victims' families for forgiveness

February 23, 2012 15:31


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BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel apologized to the relatives of victims of a neo-Nazi killing spree on Thursday, asking for their forgiveness for botched investigations that left their murderers undetected for more than a decade.

Merkel addressed the families of the victims - eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman - at a memorial service, calling the crimes a disgrace and an attack on German democracy."The background to these murders lay hidden for far too long. That is the bitter truth ... These years must have been a never-ending nightmare for you," Merkel said at the commemoration in Berlin's grand Konzerthaus.

"For this I beg you for forgiveness."

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