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In memory of the victims of terrorism : tears and comfort on the Breitscheidplatz

Sascha Klösters traveled on the day before the commemoration of the victims and survivors of the attack on the Breitscheidplatz to Berlin. The Pilot of Neuss stands on the freezing Morning at the Golden "crack" in the ground, the memorial for the twelve victims of the terrorist attack, and looks to a Christmas. "Because I was with my mother. We talked with the operators. It was our Favorite.“ To 20.02 at two years ago, the Truck crashed this. Sascha Klösters shows to a new bollard on the road. There he had stood. He survived the attack seriously injured. His mother, Angelika Klösters arrived this evening in Berlin died.


stresses act with restraint, to come He is like some of the other members and still the injured victims of the wreath-laying ceremony. From Israel Rami Elyakim, who lost in the attack his wife Dalia came. The pensioner from Herzliya has had countless operations. Even today he has to go on crutches. The victims and survivors embrace and welcome. "Here we see us. This is very, very important,“ says Sascha Klösters. For him, it is also important to this place again as a "type of reprocessing". Not all Affected. Some want no contact with others. Others keep in touch on the Whatsapp group, the members, are not published on this day of remembrance. And it members and still difficult for injured victims to stand on the sidelines and be left alone.

demure of the politicians, including senators, the group leaders, the governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD), the President of the chamber of deputies, Ralf Wieland, as well as the Deputy fire chief of the Karsten Göwecke and the victims act, on Wednesday, representative, Edgar Franke for the Federal government, and, Roland Weber for Berlin. After the urgent desire of the members that the policy should play the second day of remembrance not a prominent role, speaks to pastor Martin Germer of the Protestant Kaiser-Wilhelm-memorial-Church, the introductory words to the laying of a wreath. "Two years after the attack of 19. By December 2016 we are here to the twelve people to remember that have been ripped on this night, abruptly from the life, and with them also of the many who have worn heavy and partly permanent injury.“ And he wanted to say to all those "a particularly warm Welcome, for coming here today for the first time to this place, and have a very long journey". Each Passage of his short speech is translated into English.

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Many people would daily stop at the memorial and their condolences. Then the priest Germer speaks the names of the twelve dead: Anna and Georgiy Bagratuni (Ukraine), Nada Cizmar (Czech Republic), Fabrizia Di Lorenzo (Italy), Dalia Elyakim (Israel), Lukasz Urban (Poland) and from Germany, Sebastian Berlin, Christoph Herrlich, Klaus Jacob, Angelika K ÷ sters, Dorit cancer and Peter Völker. After a minute of silence, the politicians laid wreaths to put down, the survivors light candles. Some cry and are comforted by politicians. On this day, it's not about party politics, and profiling.

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The members of the short memory find very reasonable. "A good thing. But of course, we had to assert ourselves again with our proposals,“ says Astrid Passin, who has lost two years ago, your father on the breitscheidplatz. The struggle with the bureaucracy, with compensation or travel expenses is not ended for the victims and survivors.

To the memory of the chaplains and victims were instructed to have personal conversations in the chapel. Many wanted to meet again in the evening for the memorial service and the pealing of the bells for the twelve victims.

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