VOLGOGRAD, February 2. /TASS/. Ordinary German citizens remember that anti-fascists were the first victims of Nazism in Germany, but this memory seem to fades away in German elites, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with representatives of patriotic and youth organizations Thursday.
"I would like to say, and they remember it in Germany, that German anti-fascists became the first victims of the German fascism, Nazism. And it is very good that such memory remains in ordinary citizens. Unfortunately, modern elites seem to be losing it," he said.
Putin noted that an "ordinary citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany treats Russia and the heroes that defeated Nazism with respect.".