The largest rally was in Berlin on Saturday, where 100,000 people carrying candles formed a chain through the Brandenburg Gate and lined the route where Nazis held a torch-lit victory parade on 30 January 1933. The march ended with scuffles between militant left-wingers and police, but no arrests were made.
President Richard von Weizsacker marked the anniversary in the north-eastern city of Rostock, the flash-point of some of the worst neo-Nazi attacks last year. Although the attacks have abated, Mr von Weizsacker urged Germans to stand up and be counted as defenders of democracy: 'We must never let hate and violence rule our streets, our thoughts or our actions.'
The Jewish community urged the country's leaders to unite against a neo-Nazi resurgence. 'After the events of the past year, all of us must take heed that xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance are not given another chance in Germany,' said a statement from the community.
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