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Misfortune and sorrow broke over our population down

1. April 1944 threw the U.S. air force from Schaffhausen by mistake over the city of almost 400 bombs. 40 people were killed and over 100 were seriously injured. The city commemorated on Monday of this victim. Federal councillor Karin Keller-Sutter (FDP), and U.S. Ambassador Edward T. McMullen laid down wreaths.

Shortly before 11 o'clock all the Church bells rung in the city. In the forest cemetery, many guests gathered in politics and society, to remember the tragedy of 75 years ago. The impact was most severe attack on the country in the history of the Swiss Federal state.

"Within seconds of disaster and suffering broke over our population down," said the Schaffhausen city Council Raphaël Rohner (FDP) on Monday. "We bow with respect before the Victims and the suffering loved ones, connected with the wish, it may come in the future peace in this world."

Together with Federal councillor Karin Keller-Sutter, the city Council laid the memorial wreath. "We hope never to repeat what happened 75 years ago," suggested the councillor an arc to the current world situation. Crises and tensions in Europe could also affect Switzerland. Prior to this, the neutrality is not a shooter. "We are in the midst of Europe," she said.

United States paid reparations

A second wreath U.S. Ambassador Edward T. McMullen put down at the memorial and expressed in his speech his Regret over the incidents. He stressed, however, that the United States would have immediately taken responsibility, and an investigation of events is initiated.

The United States had paid for the reconstruction of Schaffhausen, four million dollars and later another $ 14 million to the Swiss government paid for the damages that were incurred by the Swiss during the war. Because it was not remained in the failed bombing of 1944. In February of 1945 an emissary of the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the tombs of the Schaffhausen-bomb victims, a wreath laid, he was an eye-witness of how American planes dropping bombs on Stein am Rhein, Neuhausen threw on the Rhine case, and Rafz.

following the wreath-laying ceremony on Monday, the members present prayed to the woodland cemetery for the victims. Among the guests were, in addition to representatives of the cantonal and city government witnesses – including those who had lost in the bombing of 1944, their next-of-kin. (fal/sda)

Created: 01.04.2019, 17:32 PM

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