German foreign minister praises historic Brandt Warsaw genuflection

Fifty years after German leader Willy Brandt fell to his knees in front of a memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has praised the gesture as a moment of “self-discovery” for Germany. “The genuflection by Willy Brandt contributed like almost no other event to the self-discovery of Germany after World War II and to reconciliation in Europe,” Maas told dpa. “Today, it is essential that together with Poland we build the future of our united Europe, in order to make our continent stronger” he said. Brandt came to Warsaw in December 1970 to sign a treaty that would recog…

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