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Closing Statement by Conrad Rößler

“You cannot be part of our society. We exclude you.” This is what I would like to say to the defendant, to the other people present here and to anyone who would like to hear my views on the trial.  It is human nature to distinguish between two groups. Our own group and other people […]

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Closing Statement by İsmet Tekin

“Why have I been having nightmares for over a year about him trying to kill me and about everything being so painful?” Your Honour, esteemed representatives of the Public Prosecutor General’s Office, ladies and gentlemen … with the exception of one person!  I should like today to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Presiding Judge. […]

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Closing Statement by Naomi Henkel-Guembel

בס”ד “What grew out of the misery of that day is solidarity.”  “There is meaning beyond absurdity” – I wish those words were mine – but they are those of Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heschel, one of the many great Jewish thinkers and rabbis who had to flee Germany in order to escape the Shoah. Someone […]

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Closing Statement of a Survivor from the Synagogue

“The idea of ‘Never again’ has already been disproven.” Note: The original German version was read during the trial proceedings on December 1st, 2020. The following English version has been amended in order to clarify and give further background to German memorial culture and history.  There have been two attacks on the two synagogues of […]

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Closing Statement by Jeremy Borovitz

“At least one man is guilty. But all of German society is responsible.” The famed 20th century American Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once wrote, in response to his work in the Civil Rights movement in the United States: “In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” Over the course of this trial, […]

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Closing Statement by Jessica Wax-Edwards

“In this trial, we have been disappointed time and again.” What is the purpose of this trial?  We have video evidence of the crime, we watched it. The defendant has acknowledged without a doubt that he is the perpetrator of the crime and even takes pride in it.  With much of this ‘burden of proof’ […]

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Closing Statement by Christina Feist

“Germany has an anti-Semitism and racism problem. That is a fact we cannot ignore any longer.” Your Honour,Dear co-plaintiffs,Ladies and gentlemen, I should like to start by briefly looking back: Over the past five months since the trial began, I have repeatedly received messages on social media. Initially and throughout the summer, those messages trivialised […]

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Closing Statement by I. B.

“Who of the people I grew up with might also be capable of such a crime?” I decided to become a co-plaintiff because I wanted to understand how something like this could happen. I wanted to understand how an average country kid could become a hate-fuelled murderer. When I testified as a witness the judge […]

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Closing Statement by Talya Feldman

“Sitting in this courtroom, I am constantly reminded that the law is not justice.” We have now heard the final statement of the Attorney General and of many lawyers representing co-plaintiffs from the Kiez-Döner shop, from Wiedersdorf, Kai’s Garage, from those targeted and run-over on the street, from the synagogue. We are all here to […]