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Conservative German politicians want to ensure that the 50th anniversary May 8 of Nazi Germany's capitulation is recalled both as a day of liberation from Adolf Hitler's reign and for what later happened in eastern Germany.

More than 200 people signed an appeal cautioning against concentrating on the Nazi-linked interpretation embraced by Chancellor Helmut Kohl and most of his compatriots, the Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reported Tuesday.

The conservatives say the "day of liberation" view tends to eclipse the darker side of history that ensued.

"There is a danger that people will forget that this day was not just the end of the Nazi reign of terror, but also the beginning of expulsions by terror, oppression in the east and the partition of our country," they said in an appeal.

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