Hanau is everywhere - commemorative events in Munich
Gökhan Gültekin, Sedat Gürbüz, Said Nessar Hashemi, Mercedes Kierpacz, Hamza Kurtović, Vili Viorel Păun, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Ferhat Unvar and Kaloyan Velkov - this is the first anniversary of the right-wing extremist terrorist attack in Hanau. Commemorative events, demonstrations and rallies are taking place across Germany these days under #hanauistüberall. You can find out where you can take part in Munich and which other formats will provide information about Hanau and right-wing extremism in Germany here.
The "February 19 Initiative" was founded after the attacks in Hanau. It wants to remember, but also demands clarification of the work of the police and authorities and consequences. While Corona quickly pushed the attack in Hanau out of the collective memory, it has since been the initiative that has repeatedly drawn attention to the right-wing extremist terrorist attack. If you would like to support the work of the initiative, you can do so with a donation.
In this episode, the SZ podcast "Das Thema" talks to journalist Matthias Drobinski, who reported from Hanau for the SZ a year ago. He not only talks about the right-wing extremist attack and the days that followed, but also about the remarkable commitment of the relatives and gives an assessment of what he believes went wrong on the part of the police and politicians. The episode is a good introduction to the terrorist attack in Hanau.
The Spotify podcast "190220 - One year after Hanau" takes a much closer look at the attack. In the documentary format, journalist Sham Jaff and reporter Alena Jabarine look at the personal fates of victims and their relatives, a year full of activism and the role of the authorities involved in a total of six episodes. Experts such as Saba-Nur Cheema from the Anne Frank Educational Center, right-wing extremism expert Karolin Schwarz and journalist Hadija Haruna-Oelker are also included and the stories of the nine people who were murdered in the attack are told.
You can also find out more about Hanau on Instagram: The account einjahrhanau wants to discuss various aspects related to the attack and provide further information. Which right-wing extremist attacks had already taken place in Germany before Hanau? Which questions are still unanswered after one year? And what happens now? It's worth following.
If podcasts are not your medium, you can also find a documentary about Hanau in the ARD Mediathek. The documentary "Hanau - One night and its consequences" reports on how survivors and relatives experienced the night of the crime and the months that followed.
Munich as the capital of the movement
Hanau is not Munich? - That's true, but ultimately it's completely irrelevant. Because no matter where in Germany, right-wing extremism and associated terrorist attacks exist. If you would like to find out more about Munich's history, we recommend a detailed visit to the NS-Dokuzentrum (as soon as it is open again, of course). Be sure to bring time with you, as there is a lot to learn. Also from the NS-Dokuzentrum: the free app "Orte Erinnern", which takes you to 120 historical places in Munich and the surrounding area.
The Oktoberfest attack of 1980 is now regarded as the largest right-wing extremist attack in post-war Germany. A new memorial at the Theresienwiese is intended to help Munich residents and other visitors learn more about what exactly happened back then. Visits are possible at any time and are free of charge.
The Kammerspiele is also addressing this attack in "Das Oktoberfestattentat". The project focuses on the personal consequences of such attacks - and how we as a society deal with those affected by right-wing violence.