On July 11, 2018, the verdict was pronounced in the so-called NSU trial at the Munich Higher Regional Court. The main defendant Beate Zschäpe was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of ten people. The other four main defendants, however, either got off with more lenient sentences or were freed from prison after sentencing. Many questions about the accomplices and abettors remain unanswered.
The conference focuses on the knowledge of the murder victims’ families; the wives, daughters and mothers of the murder victims, who, as prosecutors, for many years actively tried to make their knowledge and analyses heard during the NSU trial. But they were not heard. The conference creates a space that counters this non-listening, a symptom of structural ignorance and lack of empathy, with a space that enables listening as an act of political solidarity. Conversations with the families, the attorneys of the joint plaintiffs and trial observers will be supplemented by performative readings and an exhibition of short films.
Curated by Aysun Bademsoy (filmmaker, screenwriter) and Ayşe Güleç (educator, art educator, activist researcher)