Merkel’s Dachau Visit Sparks Controversy

Angela Merkel will become the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau on Tuesday, as she steps up warnings about the far-right threat while campaigning for a third term.

Ahead of an evening election rally in Dachau, northwest of Munich, Merkel will arrive at the memorial at 5:45 p.m. local time. After making a short speech, she will lay a wreath of flowers and tour the remnants of the camp.

But while Holocaust survivors hailed a long overdue gesture, the opposition blasted a “tasteless” combination of electioneering and historical atonement.

Merkel, 59, will be joined by the president of the Dachau camp committee, Max Mannheimer, and other former prisoners. Only part of the visit will be open to reporters.


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