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20 years after the war, a new generation has grown up. It is not only through their taste in music that the fans of The Rolling Stones or The Beatles disassociate themselves from the war generation. They ask questions, protest against soldiers of the Federal Army, and demand a coming to terms with the recent German past. The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials are an example of such a “processing of history“. For the first time, former concentration camp guards are brought to trial. Six of the 20 accused are sentenced to life imprisonment.

After lengthy debates, the Bundestag agrees to extend the limitation period for Nazi crimes, thus facilitating a continuing prosecution of Nazi war criminals.

In Israel, the assumption of office of the first German ambassador to the country causes vehement protests.

What else happened?

West German arms transfers to areas of conflict make headlines.

With the help of low-flying fighter jets, the GDR tries to disrupt a meeting of the Bundestag in Berlin.

Egypt recognises the GDR as a state.

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