Germany: Activists apologize for Holocaust memorial with ‘victim ashes’
08 December 2019 | 11:14 am
A German art-activist collective has apologized after a public outcry over a "tasteless" memorial it erected in Berlin that claims to contain the ashes of Nazi victims. "We made mistakes," the group said.
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