Hanau (AP) - With a quote from Wilhelm Grimm, the former national soccer striker Rudi Völler opened the commemorative event for the anniversary of the racially motivated attack in Hanau on Friday.

In addition to survivors and relatives of the nine people who died in the attack, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) and Hanau’s Lord Mayor Claus Kaminsky (SPD) took part in the event to express their condolences to the relatives.

Due to the corona, it was limited to 50 participants.

"Hate, which soon outstrips all other feelings, destroys more than anything else the quiet and prosperous life of a state that is based on the inner attitude of the people, not on bayonets", was the quote from the famous fairy tale collector Wilhelm Grimm, who like his Brother Jacob was born in Hanau.

Afterwards Völler, who is an honorary citizen of Hanau, lit a memorial candle for the nine victims.

A 43-year-old German shot her on February 19 a year ago for racist motives.

He had previously posted pamphlets and videos of conspiracy theories and racist views on the Internet.

The act had caused horror throughout Germany.


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