Ms. Ludwig, on 4. February found stroller a naked, dead Baby in the bushes at the Anhalter Bahnhof. This Baby has you as a police chaplain by the name of Dorothea, and will be buried on Monday. It was born dead, so it is not a criminal case. Please tell us the story.
The death of this child has caused Incredible. It is poignant to see how much Agreement all the Parties together have worked. First of all, how the police colleague looked after one another – this would be so ten years ago, has not yet been possible. An officer was in shock. He was involved collected, pastorally cared for, his family. But there was more to it. This is the feeling: this is not something we allow. That's not to be, that a Baby is placed dead in the bushes.
A public funeral for a dead Baby – this is unusual.
Once it became clear that it is not a criminal case, dropped the Baby in the competence of the missing body. No one is missing this Baby, the parents are unknown. The woman from the missing point, researched, and met with the funeral home that specializes in burials of fetuses, and stillbirths. She called there and got the following answer: "We buried the child and take no money for it." Only the cemetery remained costs, also paid by an anonymous donor. And it went so on.
Is it normal that the police will take care of something like that?
no, normal is nothing to the case. I have before, when I was chaplain at St. Joseph hospital, dead-born babies are buried. It was important to me, this Baby to bury, especially as I know how police, affected officers are when it comes to children. And it went on. I asked the police in Brandenburg, a request that we get a trumpet player at the police orchestra, and received the promise.Reverend Marianne Ludwig is a police chaplain for the state police of Berlin and customs in Berlin and Brandenburg.Photo: private
there Is a grave stone?
First of all, it was clear to me that the child should have a name. I suggested to Dorothea. All were immediately agreed. With this name I wanted for the funeral, a simple wooden cross. This is the Moment in which the child gets to be a reality. Otherwise it remains only an idea. I went to a stonemason in my neighborhood and asked for a cost estimate, and also said: I want no money for this. However, he is not going to get it up for the funeral. But then the journeyman took a special layer, and so the cross was finished. That was incredible. Many people simply have willed that this child is cared for in death.
How they got on "Dorothea"?
Dorothea is a Greek Name and means gift from God. With this name we hold, that a still born Baby is more than just a stillbirth. It has its own Dignity and worth, that you cared for it even in death.
This is a very poignant story.
Yes, it is. It simply said: We don't want to accept that you are a child naked into the bushes. This is not, and what we can do and grab the other to his pocket.
they Hope that the parents come to the funeral?
you have at least a Chance. You can come and say goodbye, and no one will notice that they are there.
About the parents you know nothing about?
no, nothing. I'm going to make as a Christian pastor, the funeral so that people of all religions can take something from it. Finally, we know nothing about the origin of the child and the Religion of his parents. Dorothea is worthy to be buried, but not for a Religion to be hijacked. Religion begins with the thought that you know: I was not a freak of nature owe me a higher Power and am. Even if sad secrets.
The funeral will take place today, Monday at 10 a.m. at the St. Pius cemetery in hohenschönhausen.More about
a girl, apparently, is not baby's corpse had been killed in Berlin Elise Tilse-ParkHannes Heine
Twelve of the Newsletter, twelve districts found: Our people-the Newsletter from all districts of Berlin you can order for free here: leute.tagesspiegel.de