Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke at a ceremony celebrating 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier lauded the contribution of Jews to German culture at a recent ceremony to celebrate 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany.

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"He said that their history in the country is 'one of emancipation and prosperity, but also of humiliation, exclusion and disenfranchisement,'" reported Deutsche Welle (DW).

"Whether in philosophy, literature, art and music, science, medicine or business, Jews have been instrumental in writing and shaping our history and illuminating our culture," Steinmeier said at the ceremony held at a synagogue in Cologne. Read more at i24