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Sebastian Pinera: Nazi Slogan Apology

10/25/10 06:47 PM ET   AP

Pinera Apology

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile's president is apologizing for writing a slogan associated with Nazi Germany in a government guest book during a visit to Berlin.

The phrase Sebastian Pinera wrote was "Deutschland uber alles," or "Germany above all." It became infamous under the Third Reich and after World War II was excised from Germany's national anthem as too nationalistic.

Pinera says he learned the slogan in school during the 1950s and '60s and understood it to be a celebration of German unification under Otto von Bismarck.

He adds that he was unaware it was "linked to that country's dark past."

Pinera said Monday he's sorry, and asked to be forgiven.

Pinera's tour of Britain, France and Germany wrapped up Saturday.

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