Postcard from... Munich
Queuing is something most Germans hate doing.
It is associated with the miseries of inflation, war, defeat, occupation and division endured over nearly a century.
So it seemed out of place to be witnessing elderly Germans standing in line in the cold on a Munich street at 5am last Monday. They were waiting to bag one of 50 seats available to the public at the court where four neo-Nazis are on trial for murdering nine, mostly Turkish, immigrants.
The racist killings are Germany’s worst acts of far right violence since 1945. Some of the would be spectators had arrived 16 hours earlier to make sure they could get in.
One was Helmut Sieber, a 67-year-old decorator. Equipped with sausage rolls and a thick coat, he described himself as a “man of the left”.
He said he was queuing to make sure that “no Nazis” would get into the trial.
Alongside him were others intent on seeing justice done, such as a 52-year-old businessman called Reinhold who said he wanted to find out what motivated the killers.
Sami Demirel, a Turkish community leader was also in the queue. “These killings frighten me. I feel that they are aimed at me and my children,” he said.
Perhaps it was as well that Sami, Reinhold and Helmut were already in court when some neo-Nazis stole in to the public gallery unnoticed. One was a brother of one of the accused. He has five children and is raising them to be model Nazis. For Christmas his wife bakes Swastika-shaped biscuits.
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit
Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...