Arson Attack in Solingen (May 28-29, 1993)

Abstract

The picture shows the remains of the Genç family home, which Solingen youths set on fire on May 29, 1993, killing five members of the family, women and girls aged 4 to 27. Fourteen other people suffered injuries, some of them serious. Four young men from the neo-Nazi scene were sentenced to prison. The image of the ruin against a tranquil landscape left a lasting impression of racist attacks in reunified Germany. The banner above the Turkish flag calling for a general strike was put up by Işçiler Birliği i çin Mücadele Komitesi, a Turkish organization for the struggle to unite workers, and includes the call “Germans and foreigners together against racism.”

Source

Source: Photographer: Manfred Vollmer.

© Manfred Vollmer, published with kind permission.

Arson Attack in Solingen (May 28-29, 1993), published in: German History Intersections, <https://germanhistory-intersections.org/en/migration/ghis:image-182> [September 20, 2021].