Which is worse racism or murder

One year after the Hanau attack: remembering the victims of racism

#Saytheirnames: Give the victims a name

Said Nesar Hashemi was born and raised in Hanau. They weren't strangers, says his sister. Said Nesar is killed in the attack and his brother Said Etris is seriously injured. In SWR2 he talks about the time after that and what has changed for him.

The Hanau attack - the year after

Hans Rubinich visited relatives of the victims, all of whom have lived and worked in Hanau for a long time, and spoke to the victim commissioner and the mayor. more...


Has Hanau changed our culture of remembrance?

The terrorist attacks in Hanau had shown that the way society dealt with the victims of right-wing extremist murders had changed, says director Mala Reinhardt in SWR2. The names of the nine murdered became public very quickly: "They were recognized as individuals".

In her documentary “The Second Attack” from 2018, Reinhardt lets relatives of victims of the right-wing extremist murders of the NSU and the 1992 arson attack in Mölln have their say.

Right-wing extremist violence in Germany

The racist murders in Hanau are part of a long chain of right-wing extremist acts of violence in Germany that extends from the end of World War II to the present day, including the attack in Halle, the murder of Walter Lübcke, the NSU terror, and the attack on the 1980 Oktoberfest .

Right-wing terrorism in Germany - from the post-war period to the present day

On the anniversary of the right-wing extremist attack in Hanau with nine victims, many asked whether the state and society long downplayed Nazi terror. A look at the history of Germany shows: yes. more...

SWR2 knowledge SWR2

SWR2 Wissen traces this spiral of violence and shows: The German state and society have played down right-wing extremist terror for far too long.

Debate on racism and cultural diversity

While institutions and society are becoming more aware of right-wing extremist acts of violence in Germany, civil society actors advocate recognizing structural racism as a basic problem of right-wing extremist violence.

On the occasion of the commemoration day, the Frankfurter Literaturhaus organizes the festival “We are here”, at which prominent authors and journalists such as Deniz Utlu, Alice Hasters, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah and Ronya Othmann discuss their experiences with cultural diversity and racism.

Official memorial event in Hanau

On February 19, 2021 from 5:30 p.m.

On the first anniversary of the racially motivated attack in Hanau, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier and Hanau's Lord Mayor Claus Kaminsky will jointly remember the nine victims in a commemoration ceremony by the State of Hesse and the City of Hanau.

The memorial event will be broadcast live on HR television. You can follow the event in the online livestream here.