Germany calls for Britain to avoid "celebratory" tone for Centenary

Posted on on 18 August 2013
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The Telegraph reports that Norman Walter, of Germany's London Embassy, has called for Britain to avoid a "celebratory" tone for the Centenary as "it would be easier for us to take an active part [in marking the conflict] if there is no celebratory element".

"For us, it is about remembrance and reconciliation, and trying to learn lessons. We would love to join as many as possible. We would prefer not to have any celebrations, having lost. What unites is that we lost millions of people. We can’t tell you how you should celebrate, but our feeling is that issues about who was guilty and all that should be left more or less to historians and shouldn’t feature dominantly in politician’s speeches".

To read the full article, visit The Telegraph website here.

Date of article publication: 18/08/2013

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Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News