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Germany mourns former President Herzog, who apologized for Nazi crimes | Germany | DW.COM | 24.01.2017


Germany mourns former President Herzog, who apologized for Nazi crimes | Germany | DW.COM | 24.01.2017: Roman Herzog, who was born in the Bavarian city of Landshut in 1934, had initially embarked upon an academic career. He was elected a judge on Germany's constitutional Court in the early 1980s, and served as chief justice on the court's panel from 1987 to 1994.

In 1994, Herzog, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, was elected as Germany's first president following reunification. EU Council President Donald Tusk recalled Herzog's first foreign trip, which took him to Poland in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazi occupation.

At first, "not everyone in Poland accepted the participation of a German president in such a place", said Tusk, a former Polish prime minister.

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