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German President Christian Wulff on Tuesday honoured Jews who fought and died in the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis, 40 years after a landmark tribute by his nation’s chancellor Willy Brandt.

Wulff and Polish opposite number Bronislaw Komorowski laid wreaths at the Warsaw monument inaugurated in 1948 where the doomed Jewish fighters had made their last stand.

During a visit to Poland on December 7, 1970, Brandt fell to his knees at the same monument.

“I was 11 years old, but I was deeply marked by Willy Brandt’s great gesture, a sign of remorse, sadness and shame in the face of the huge suffering inflicted by Germans on eastern Europe,” Wulff said earlier during a meeting with young Poles.

Besides being seen as a plea for forgiveness for World War II, Brandt’s gesture also came to symbolise his drive to rebuild ties with eastern Europe, which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.

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