Second World War still key to German identity

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, Germans still feel that they deal with its legacy in everyday life, a survey published on Tuesday shows.

The survey, conducted by YouGov for the German Press Agency (dpa), was carried out ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war on May 8th and interviewed 1,000 people.

It shows that 81 percent of Germans believe that Berlin’s actions on the world stage are still influenced by the Nazi period.

Germany’s duty towards Israel, the importance of the relationships with France and Poland and the sensitivity of relations with Russia were all cited as being affected by the Second World War.

Only 8 percent of those asked said Germany’s current foreign policies have no connection with the Nazi past.