Angela Merkel To Benjamin Netanyahu: Germany Was Responsible For The Holocaust

Angela Merkel has been forced to clarify that Germany was responsible for the Holocaust, after the Israeli Prime Minister claimed a Palestinian leader convinced Adolf Hitler to try to kill Europe's Jews.

The German Chancellor said her country accepts "responsibility" for the atrocity, adding "we (Germany) don't see any reason to change our view of history".

Her comments follow controversial remarks made by Netanyahu on Tuesday.

The Israeli leader said Hitler was persuaded into carrying out the genocide by Palestinian nationalist, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who said Jews would emigrate to the Middle East unless they were killed.

Angela Merkel at a press conference in Germany on Wednesday

But speaking to a press conference in Berlin alongside Netanyahu on Wednesday, Merkel said the Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, will have to be relayed accurately for future generations and that Germany was responsible.

She said: "I can say that we are very clear in our mind about the responsibility of the national soldiers for the break with civilisation that was the Shoah.

"We are firmly convinced that this is something that will have to be handed over to generations to come... so we don't see any reason to change our view of history."

The Chancellor added: "We abide by our responsibility as Germany for the Shoah."

Netanyahu - leader of the world's only Jewish state - told The 37th Zionist Congress on Tuesday: "Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews.

"And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here.'

"'So what should I do with them?' he asked. He said, 'Burn them.'"

His remarks have been widely condemned by politicians and historians.

People accused Netanyahu of making "absurd" and "incredibly damaging" comments, and some accused him for trivialising the Holocaust.

Speaking alongside Merkel in Berlin, Netanyahu said "no-one should deny that Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust", the BBC reports.

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