Expatica countries
Index Last Var.(%)
BEL 20 3083.51 0.32
DAX 9605.08 0.17
IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04
CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20
FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05
AEX 397.5 -0.20
DJIA 16272.65 0.46
Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63
FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11
TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18
ASX 5415.4 -0.10
Hang seng 22836.96 0.04
Straits Times 3110.78 0.45
ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23
EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67
EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59
USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10
Gold 1329.6 -0.13
Oil 108.9 -0.76
Silver 21.28 0.08
You are here: Home News German News Merkel seeks forgiveness from relatives of neo-Nazi killers
Enlarge font Decrease font Text size

23/02/2012Merkel seeks forgiveness from relatives of neo-Nazi killers

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday asked pardon of the families of 10 people, mostly foreigners, believed killed by a neo-Nazi gang.

Merkel described the seven-year murder spree an attack on Germany and a "disgrace" at a tribute to the victims held in Berlin's central concert hall.

She was speaking after the discovery last year of a neo-Nazi cell thought to be behind the killings of eight men of Turkish origin, one Greek national and a policewoman, between 2000 and 2007.

"Some relatives were themselves for years wrongly under suspicion (over the murders). That is particularly tormenting. For that I ask you for forgiveness," Merkel, dressed in black, told around 1,200 guests.

The memorial began with students carrying 12 candles to the front of the hall to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The candles were for each of those killed, plus one for other victims of extremist violence and one for hope for the future.

A minutes' silence was due to be held at noon as part of a national day of commemoration for the victims.

Germany was left reeling by the discovery in November of the small far-right group calling itself the National Socialist Underground, which only came to light when two members were found dead in an apparent suicide pact.

A third member, a woman identified as Beate Zschaepe, turned herself in but has refused to speak to police.

The extremist cell is also believed to have mounted two bomb attacks in the western city of Cologne in 2001 and 2004, which wounded a total of 23 people, as well as a series of armed bank hold-ups.

Authorities have faced intense pressure to explain how the group was able to operate with impunity for years and why they did not zero in on the far-right scene at an earlier stage.

© 2012 AFP

0 reactions to this article

0 reactions to this article

Discussion Forums

Personal Finance in Germany

Expatica's Midweek Currency Update

Healthcare in Germany

Dutch or German Healthcare ?

Community Noticeboard Germany

English Comedy in Berlin

Personal Finance in Germany

Monday's Currency Update

Personal Finance in Germany

Weekly currench crunch

participate in the forums

Inside Expatica
The ABCs of the German school system

The ABCs of the German school system

What you need to know about German schools and daycare.

German immigration and residency regulations

German immigration and residency regulations

Want to move to Germany but haven’t figured out the details? Check out Expatica’s overview of the German permit system.

Driving in Berlin: Rules, habits and fines

Driving in Berlin: Rules, habits and fines

In part one of our two part series, we cover the driving culture in Berlin, where to park and buy gas and, most importantly, the laws.

Looking for work in Germany: The in depth version

Looking for work in Germany: The in depth version

Our comprehensive guide includes information on how to find work, recruitment agencies, employment contracts and labour law.