• Germany edition
 
Man dies after setting self on fire at Reichstag
Photo: DPA

Man dies after setting self on fire at Reichstag

Published: 14 Oct 2012 08:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Oct 2012 12:52 GMT+02:00

A 32-year-old man died after stabbing himself and then setting himself on fire in front of the Reichstag in Berlin early Saturday afternoon.

In front of hundreds of tourists and passersby, the Berliner first stabbed himself in the chest with a knife, then poured a flammable liquid over himself and lit himself on fire.

Passersby notified the police and rescue crews. Rescue workers and medical personnel tried for 30 minutes to resuscitate the man, the newspaper BZ reported. He died at the scene from his injuries.

Police ruled the case a suicide, after finding a goodbye letter from the man. The reasons for the suicide were personal, according to the police.

DPA/The Local/mbw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:58 October 14, 2012 by Englishted
"Police ruled the case a suicide, after finding a goodbye letter from the man. The reasons for the suicide were personal, according to the police."

Good job they found the note or how would they have known ?.

"Shortly before the suicide, about 500 people had demonstrated near the Reichstag in support of wind energy."

What was the purpose of this end note?
10:21 October 14, 2012 by gorongoza
@ Englishted.

Concerning the end note to this article: if you are a regular reader of The Local you may as well get used to the reporting from these guys. I am a regular reader and so often I found it difficult to make sense of a lot of the stories reported in the TL.

At first I used to attribute it to poor translation but now it seems to me its more than that.

I should however hasten to point out my appreciation for the efforts these TL guys put in providing us with local news in English.
10:27 October 14, 2012 by smart2012
My key question is: what was the personal reason? Did he maybe lose the job and did not have enough money to live??? German press would never say this right??? ;)
14:10 October 14, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
Well, ya gotta give him credit for doing what he sat out to do ... Maybe the personal reason wass just that ... personal ...
17:27 October 14, 2012 by wethepeople2012
I just hope it wasn't because of a woman. No person is worth taking your own life over.
17:29 October 14, 2012 by avatar009
how many suicide happens every year in germany. What did the people say

well done. The EU economy crisis is getting bigger i think the german is feeling the heat soon.
18:53 October 14, 2012 by waywed
I suppose it makes a change from people throwing themselves in front of the U-bahn........
00:49 October 15, 2012 by HHayrider
Flamenwerfer... It werfs flamen.
07:42 October 15, 2012 by jodessa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate

There you go....I know you were curious..
09:07 October 15, 2012 by HansT
"@ wethepeople2012

I just hope it wasn't because of a woman. No person is worth taking your own life over."

Actually, it could just as readily be because of a guy...
Today's headlines
Cheap flights get pricier as airlines expand
Lufthansa's daughter company Germanwings is one of the faster-growing budget airlines in Germany. Photo: DPA

Cheap flights get pricier as airlines expand

Budget airlines are expanding their range of routes from Germany but ticket prices are climbing along with them, a report from the German Aeronautics Centre (DLR) revealed on Thursday. READ () »

Ecclestone lawyers: Bribes never happened
Bernie Ecclestone with his lawyers in a Munich court on Thursday morning. Photo: DPA

Ecclestone lawyers: Bribes never happened

UPDATE: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying charges of bribery that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail. READ () »

Minister praises Erasmus 'success story'
Photo: DPA

Minister praises Erasmus 'success story'

A revamped version of European student exchange programme Erasmus officially launched in Berlin on Thursday with Germany's education minister praising the scheme as a Europe-wide “success story”. READ () »

Turkey tourists lose call to prayer refund bid
Photo: DPA

Turkey tourists lose call to prayer refund bid

A German couple has lost their legal fight to get a refund for a Turkish holiday which they said was ruined by the calls to prayer from a nearby mosque. It is just one of a series of court claims by picky German tourists. READ () »

Germany halts arms sales to Russia
Russian troops surround a Ukrainian base in Crimea. Photo: DPA

Germany halts arms sales to Russia

Germany has stopped selling arms to Russia due to the current “political situation”, according to reports on Thursday. The sale of military equipment to Russia by German firms has been criticized by the country’s Nato allies. READ () »

Truck kills man lying in middle of road
Photo: DPA

Truck kills man lying in middle of road

Police were searching for witnesses on Wednesday morning following a mysterious road accident in which a 25-year-old man was killed as he lay in the middle of the road. READ () »

Where are Germany's smartest towns?
Germany's cleverest town. Photo: DPA

Where are Germany's smartest towns?

A brain training website released scores on Wednesday showing which German towns performed best and worst in a range of cognitive tests - with some surprising results. READ () »

April wraps up with stormy week ahead
Lightning over Lake Starnberg, in Bavaria. Photo: DPA

April wraps up with stormy week ahead

The end of April is looking stormy for Germany with hot and cold air mixing and making for wild spring weather over the coming few days, state forecasters DWD said on Wednesday. READ () »

Germany sold €40 million of arms to Russia
Russian troops pictured in March in Crimea. Photo: DPA

Germany sold €40 million of arms to Russia

Germany arms sales to Russia have come under fire following the crisis in Ukraine. In 2012 Germany sold €40 million worth of rifles, pistols and armoured vehicles to the country. READ () »

Munich to get 'Tetris cube' hotel
Photo: Nieto Sobejano Architects, Berlin

Munich to get 'Tetris cube' hotel

Munich's old city centre is to receive an ultra modern addition to its skyline in the shape of a new hotel dubbed 'the Tetris cube'. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
National
Girls find live ammunition in Easter bonfire
Photo: Facebook/screenshot
Berlin
Germany's most viral advert for an apartment?
Gallery
11 things you need to know about German beer
Photo: DPA
Politics
Interview with AfD - 'If Britain goes, Europe is lost'
Photo: DPA
National
Police damage own water cannon with eggs
Photo: DPA
National
Let us start work later after World Cup nights, unions says
Photo: DPA
Society
Crystal meth use hits record level
Photo: DPA
Rhineland
Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
What's the unemployment rate in your area of Germany?
Photo: Galerie Bilderwelt
Gallery
World War I in colour photos
Photo: DPA
Society
JobTalk: Why you should teach English in Germany
Photo: DPA
National
330,000 sign up against TV licence fee
Advertisement:
Photo: Submitted
Frankfurt
'I'll get even with my old pal Schwarzenegger'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten great inventions you (probably) didn't know were German
Photo: J. Arthur White
Berlin
Clashes in Berlin as refugees tear down their own camp
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The 10 best German employers to work for
CurrencyFair
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Mr. Lodge
Sponsored Article
How to find a furnished rental in Munich
Sponsored Article
How to make a lasting impression in business
Hult International Business School
Sponsored Article
What they don't teach you at Business School
Photo: DPA
Society
Nine jobs you can only do in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,077
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd