An eloquent voice, honest, instructive and searching. Six speeches by the president of the Federal Republic, including his justly celebrated speech on the 40th anniversary of Germany's unconditional surrender. Rare among today's Western statesmen, Weizsäcker seeks to promote his countrymen's political education. A patriot who wants his people to accept their past, to acknowledge their special burden ("We are all responsible for unspeakable sorrow that occurred in the name of Germany") and to ponder their obligations at a time of national division. Amidst so much prettifying mediocrity and occasional nationalism, Weizsäcker's seriousness is all the more inspiring.
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