Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has visited the memorial site for the victims of the NSU in Zwickau. Merkel laid down a flower there and commemorated the people killed by the right-wing terrorists. In the Saxon city, where the NSU terrorist cell lived for years and had their last shelter, trees were planted for 10 NSU victims and plaques were placed. Only on Sunday was the new memorial site inaugurated.
While visiting the new memorial, Merkel said that it was up to the state to take decisive action against such violent offenders. She wanted to stress for the whole federal government, "that we will do everything ... so that such things do not repeat itself". In addition to politics, citizens should also take a stand against right-wing extremism.
Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU), who accompanied the Chancellor, emphasized that Saxony was "a happy, cosmopolitan country - and that must remain so". "We strongly oppose right-wing extremism for democracy, freedom of expression, an open culture of discussion and social cohesion," wrote Kretschmer on Twitter.
At the beginning of October, a commemorative tree planted just a short time before had been cut for the first NSU murder victim, Enver Simsek. A perpetrator has not been caught. The city set up a donation account on which so far received about 14,000 euros. Of these, the memorial trees and commemorative plaques have now been financed. The stump of the sawn-off tree initially remained as a reminder.
Eight years ago, the NSU became known to the public
The right-wing extremists Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos had shot the Turkish florist Simsek in September 2000 in Nuremberg. The murder of the family man was the prelude to the NSU murder series with a total of ten fatalities. Also in other cities there are memorial places for the NSU victims. According to reports, there were already desecrations of the memorial sites in five of the eight cities with such monuments.
Eight years ago, the National Socialist underground first became known to the public. On 4 November 2011, Böhnhardt and Mundlos allegedly committed suicide following a robbery on a bank in Eisenach in a mobile home. On the same day, there was a serious fire in the last refuge of the trio in Zwickau, which was probably put by the NSU member Beate Zschäpe to destroy evidence. Zschäpe sent several Bekenner DVDs. After several days of flight, she turned on 8 November. In the summer of last year, Zschäpe was sentenced to life imprisonment in Munich.