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14 April, 2008 - Published 11:03 GMT
A vintage steam train commemorating the thousands of Jewish children deported and murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War has arrived in Berlin before continuing its journey to the Auschwitz concentration camp. This report from Marcus Erbe:
The organisers of the exhibition say many of the 160,000 people that have visited the Train of Commemoration since it began its journey through Germany in November have been moved to tears. Their spokesman, Hans-Ruediger Minow, says Germans born at the end of the war, and especially men, weep when they see how their parents hid the truth and covered up the crimes committed in Nazi Germany. Mr Minow says the high number of visitors is proof that there are people in Germany interested in confronting their country's history.
The exhibition's organisers have, however, strongly criticised the lack of support from the national railway operator, Deutsche Bahn -- the successor of the Reichsbahn which the Nazis used to carry out the deportations of millions of Holocaust victims. Last week, the German government urged Deutsche Bahn to drop its demand of more than $110,000 in fees for the train's use of its network. The rail operator has also been criticised for refusing the exhibition the use of Berlin's new Central Station in the centre of the capital, offering the train the Ostbahnhof in former East Berlin instead.
The Train of Commemoration will continue its journey later this month and is due to arrive at Auschwitz in Poland on May 8th, the anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.
Marcus Erbe, BBC
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