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Remembering the Solingen massacre 25 years on

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Hatice Genç was 19 years old, Hülya Genç was 9, Saime Genç was 5, Gülsün İnce was 28 and Gülistan Öztürk was 12 when they were slaughtered in an arson attack carried out by a neo-Nazi group in the German city of Solingen on May 29, 1993.

Four men aged between 16 and 23 set fire to the home of the Genç family in one of the most violent racist attacks targeting the Turkish community. Three assailants were sentenced to 10 years in jail while the other convict was handed 15 years’ imprisonment.

The Solingen attack was not the first and unfortunately not the last attack on Turks in Germany. The rise of xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe and in Germany has unfortunately triggered more attacks on foreigners, particularly Turks, over the last two decades.

Eight Turks were among 10 foreigners killed by the “National Socialist Underground,” known as the NSU, between 2000 and 2008. The fact that the NSU trials have still not been completed after years of prosecution is also another worrying aspect of the issue.

The rise of racist political parties in Germany as well as of the anti-migration rhetoric often used by centrist politicians should be considered a very dangerous trend. In........

© Hürriyet Daily News