On May 5, the German chancellor Angela Merkel has given a speech for the Liberation Day of the Netherlands, which traditionally kicks off the celebrations.
Merkel initiated her speech by saying that she was grateful for the invitation to give the address, which she called a special sign of Germany and the Netherlands friendship, she spoke through a video link from Berlin.
During her speech, she mentioned the survivors of the war, the survivors of the death camps, and Ana Frank, by describing the suffering that people had to endure during the war.
“Nothing can fill the empty space left by the people who have been murdered during the war, and nothing can take away the loss and pain of the survivors,” she said during her speech. “Keeping the memory alive is Germany’s eternal responsibility.”
Merkel said that the freedom of today cannot be considered without looking at the impact of the pandemic. She continued that on European solidarity we can build on a solid foundation, in order to enjoy the freedom we have today without any restriction.
Merkel mentioned the relationships between German and the Netherlands. She pointed out the time when the Netherlands reached out to Germany after World War II, and that these countries are good neighbors and achieved great success together.
She said that today Europeans are being called to defend their values. “As citizens, we must resolutely oppose any form of racism, anti-Semitism, and any form of hatred towards certain groups.”