Richard von Weizsaecker, former president who urged Germany to confront past, dies at 94

January 31, 2015 10:15 AM

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Richard von Weizsaecker, former president who urged Germany to confront past, dies at 94

In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Berlin, former German President Richard von Weizsaecker attends a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler . Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront its dark past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94. The German president’s office announced the death of Weizsaecker, who was president from 1984 to 1994, on Saturday Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file) (The Associated Press)

In this Dec. 12, 2008 picture former German President Richard von Weizsaecker speaks in Berlin, Germany. Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront its dark past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure spanning the reu...

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