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Joined hands heal scars of France and Germany's past

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The presidents of Germany and France on Wednesday joined hands with a survivor of the Nazis' worst atrocity on French soil in a historic moment of reconciliation. 

French President Francois Hollande (R) and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck give a joint press conference on September 4, 2013 after visiting the ruins of the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Gauck became the first German leader to visit Oradour-sur-Glane, a village in west-central France where SS troops massacred 642 people on June 10, 1944.

On a day laden with symbolism, President Joachim Gauck became the first German leader to visit Oradour-sur-Glane, a village in west-central France where SS troops massacred 642 people on June 10, 1944.

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