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Germany News in Brief - June 18, 2015

British children at kindergarten

GÜTERSLOH – A judgment by the Administrative Court Minden has not been passed yet regarding the rights of children of British soldiers to a place at a German kindergarten.

However, the court suggested that they are entitled. Even though the claim against Stadt Gütersloh was unsuccessful, the judge encouraged the plaintiffs (British military members) to make a new attempt.

The Administrative Court suspended the proceedings after finding that the British legal advisors had overlooked that only the children can act as plaintiffs, not their parents.  

The court advised that they re-apply for kindergarten places with Stadt Gütersloh. If the applications were rejected again, they were advised to lodge a new complaint.

The presiding judge said that the court foresaw a good chance for the success of this case if the correct formal procedures were followed.

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Germany News in Brief - May 21, 2015

Queen to visit Bergen-Belsen

LONDON – The Queen is to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen during her state visit to Germany next month, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday. 

The 89-year-old queen and Prince Philip will visit what remains of the camp and see a memorial to Anne Frank, the teenage Jewish diarist who died of typhus there in 1945. 

The British monarch will also meet Holocaust survivors and some of those who helped liberate Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany. 

More than 50,000 people deported from across Europe and 20,000 prisoners of war died at the camp between 1941 and 1945.

It was liberated 70 years ago by British Forces, who took pictures which gave the world the first visual proof of the Holocaust.  

The royal couple’s state visit to Germany takes place from June 24 to 26 and is also due to include a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and a state banquet.

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