German President Weizsaecker Found New Meaning In WWII Loss
The German president helped re-unify his country and pushed a new way of thinking about its World War II defeat.By Zach Toombs | January 31, 2015
He led Germany for 10 years and interpreted the nation's World War II loss in a new powerful new way. Richard von Weizsaecker's death at age 94 was announced Saturday.
"The eighth of May was a day of liberation. It liberated all of us from the inhumanity and tyranny of the National-Socialist regime," Weizsaecker said.
Of all his speeches, this one on May 8, 1985 stands out. Marking 40 years since Germany's defeat in the second World War, Weizsaecker broke from tradition by labeling the event not a loss, but a liberation from Nazi oppression.