June 20, 2018

25th commemoration of the Solingen arson attack

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, Düsseldorf, Government House: NRW’s Premier Armin Laschet hosted Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, as well as the Genç family to mark the 25th year since the Solingen arson attack that killed five people from the aforementioned family because of their Turkish roots.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was also in attendance alongside Mevlüde Genç (75), who lost two daughters, two granddaughters and a niece in the 1993 house fire caused by Neo-Nazis. In the night of 29 May 1993 four adolescents started a fire in the house of the Genç in Solingen. Gürsün İnce (27) and Saime Genç (4) perished after jumping off the window. Hatice Genç (19), Gülüstan Öztürk (12) and Hülya Genç (9) burned in the flames. Further 17 family members were hurt, and still suffer psychologically after this incident.

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Land NRW, Picture by R. Sondermann

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