"On the 50th anniversary of D-Day I thought 'well, it's a pretty amazing anniversary, let them celebrate.' The Germans weren't invited, but some of us went anyway, in small groups, some invited by the French. But now, after 60 years, I don't understand why they are making such a fuss. I don't think humankind has learned anything.
There have been so many wars since then, Iraq for example, and I think the media should concern themselves more with that.
The veterans from back then will soon all be dead, and now you've got the chancellor going there, probably saying clever things into a microphone, and I think: what's he got to do with it all? He's got no idea what that war was like. Well, that's the way I see things now. "Werner Kortenhaus