This year's Sudeten Day - marked annually by the West German refugee organisation of Sudetenlanders formerly resident in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia - began June 5 with a commemoration ceremony at the former concentration camp of Dachau.
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SV Minister Seebohm speaks
SV Men standing
LV Wreath is being laid at memorial
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LV Guard tower of former Dachau camp
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GV Young Sudeten boys march through Munich
SV Young men with flags
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LV Minister Seebohm on platform
CU Former Czech General Prchala seated in crowd
SV Seebohm speaks
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Background: This year's Sudeten Day - marked annually by the West German refugee organisation of Sudetenlanders formerly resident in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia - began June 5 with a commemoration ceremony at the former concentration camp of Dachau.
A wreath was laid at the Dachau monument depicting an emaciated victim, and Transport Minister Seebohm - chief representative of the Sudeten Germans - spoke in tribute to 300 Sudetenlanders killed in the concentration camp.
Later, more than 300,000 Sudetenlanders met in Munich, under the motto of "Loyalty to Justice". Addressing the rally, Herr Seebohm said that loyalty to justice meant the safeguarding of human rights, including the individual's right to his own homeland. The chairman of the Sudenten German's Provincial Association, Dr Franz Boehm, called for a total renunciation of force and of the spirit of revenge in seeking a solution of Europe's problems.
West Germany's Chancellor Dr Adenauer sent the Sudetenlanders a telegram in which he complimented them on their industriousness and perseverance in the face hardship.