Former German President Herzog commemorated in state funeral

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Posted: Jan 24, 2017 11:16 AM
Former German President Herzog commemorated in state funeral

BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Roman Herzog has been commemorated in a state funeral in Berlin for his services to the country during his tenure in the 1990s.

Lutheran Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm said in his eulogy Tuesday that Herzog strengthened "a culture of remembrance" in Germany.

Herzog, who as president pressed the country to embrace economic reform in the 1990s, also stressed the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust.

He served as chief justice of Germany's highest court before winning the presidency in 1994, four years after reunification.

As president, he instituted an annual day of remembrance Holocaust victims, setting it on Jan. 27, the anniversary of the Auschwitz death camp's liberation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Joachim Gauck were among those attending.

Herzog died on Jan. 10, aged 82.

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This version corrects the spelling of President Gauck's first name to Joachim.