Germans gather in Ukraine for Nazi apology

Some 200 Germans have arrived in the Ukrainian capital to take part in actions aimed at apologising for Nazi forebears' crimes in World War II.

A mourning procession from the German city of Tubingen walked Thursday along the so-called "death road" to the monument near Babi Yar ravine in Kiev, the site of one of the most horrific chapters of the Holocaust.

Processions by Germans also are expected in 15 other cities in Ukraine on Friday.

More than 33,700 Jews were shot at the ravine over 48 hours beginning Sept. 29, 1941. In the ensuing months, the ravine was filled with some 100,000 bodies, including non-Jews.

One of the march participants, Anke Krueger, said: "I am a representative of a new generation that cannot keep silence any more."

AP