• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Man dies after setting self on fire at Reichstag

The Local · 14 Oct 2012, 12:52

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

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

Story continues below…

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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
President who pioneered Moscow ties dies aged 97
Former Cold War President of West Germany Walter Scheel. Photo: DPA.

Former West German president Walter Scheel, who helped pave the way for his country's rapprochement with the communist East, has died aged 97, his party's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Former East to lag behind West for years to come: study
Poverty in eastern Germany. File photo: DPA

Eastern Germany remains economically anaemic with little prospect of catching up with the rest of the country by 2030, a study published on Wednesday said.

Turkey's spy network in Germany 'thicker than Stasi's'
Photo: DPA.

Turkey has around 6,000 informants working in Germany, which experts say means they're each monitoring more people than the Stasi did in West Germany during the Cold War.

Germany's first 'intelligent' bridge to open in Nuremberg
File photo: DPA

An €11 million bridge, which is nearing completion in northern Bavaria, is set to include technology never seen before on the German Autobahn.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens
Photo: DPA

Germany on Wednesday urged its population to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Ten injured after freight train crashes into bus in Osnabrück
The crash site in Osnabrück. Photo: DPA

A freight train crashed into a bus in Osnabrück on Wednesday morning, leaving several people badly injured, local media report.

Man wins ten-year court battle over €2.50 surcharge
Photo: DPA

An Austrian man has won a ten year court battle over an extra €2.50 he was asked to pay to get into a swimming pool in Bavaria a decade ago.

In Pictures
Düsseldorf swoons as Prince William comes for royal visit
'Well hello Mr. Prince'. Photo: DPA.

Prince William paid a visit to the Rhineland city of Düsseldorf on Wednesday to celebrate the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's 70th birthday. Here's a look at his royal stay.

Brexit
Frankfurt attempts to charm banks away from London
Frankfurt am Main. Photo: DPA

Germany's finance capital has spotted an opportunity with the Brexit-wary banking beasts of the Square Mile.

How did this bike end up on top of Berlin’s Molecule Man?
A professional climber 'rescuing' the bike hanging from the Molecule Man. Photo: DPA.

Berliners are still scratching their heads over how a bicycle ended up dangling from the capital’s iconic statue.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Gallery
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Culture
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Rhineland
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Culture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Lifestyle
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Society
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Lifestyle
What's on in Germany: events for August 2016
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
International
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Technology
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
Lifestyle
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
8,566
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd