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Germany commemorates victims of 9/11 attacks

The Local · 11 Sep 2011, 11:27

Published: 11 Sep 2011 11:27 GMT+02:00

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He and US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy took part in the memorial service at the American Church to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Other guests included Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich.

Those attending the service held a minute of silence in memory of the 3,000 victims of the attacks by radical Islamic terrorists on New York and Washington.

Wulff will also take part in a memorial event in Munich in the afternoon, which will include a live broadcast from Ground Zero in New York.

A memorial event is also planned to take place at Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate, at which a young people from different religious communities will join together for discussion, prayers and music.

A minute of silence is to be held throughout the city at 2:46 p.m. local time, to mark the moment that the first plane hit the World Trade Centre in New York 10 years ago.

Another memorial service is being held at the Berlin Cathedral at 6 p.m.

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16:00 September 11, 2011 by Dick Hinrichs
Its strange that at ground zero in New Yorkclergy cannot participate in the service.In Berlin who is standing next to the German president but a priest. Thank you Germany for your prayers.
16:06 September 11, 2011 by danamcmahon
a prayer for all those we bow our heads. Where there is not any fact which will deepen and lose our respect to those and ourselves born out of our christian beliefs reinforced by religious ritual and the cleansing by water. Our faith must now speak aloud in our actions and words and heal the great open divide.
16:11 September 11, 2011 by Englishted
Look what we have to put up with.

I want a Muslim to defend this action.

17:42 September 11, 2011 by expatriarch
So there is a service for the 9/11 victims at the American church. Is it just lazy journalism that there was no mention that the service identified that 11 of the 9/11 victims were German nationals or is it just that even Germany has bought into the whole "...3000 Americans killed on 9/11..." bull?

They may as well have specially commemorated the 11 Germans and maybe even (now I'm getting crazy) have identified that around 12% of the victims of 9/11 were foreign nationals; instead of simply towing the dumb line that, not only, rounds up the number of dead, but also lumps everyone in as "Americans" because America is, in aggregate, ignorant that the world does not end at its shores.

If this was a service only dedicated to commemorating the Americans that died on 9/11, it seems quite consistent with Germany's generally servile relationship with the USA. Shouldn't there also be a commemoration for the 56 German deaths in Afghanistan (not including NGO workers) due to following the USA into that incompetent cluster-fracas. Or how about a commemoration of the ~860,000 civilian deaths in Iraq or the 9,000 civilian deaths in Afghanistan caused, again by incompetent, Christian supremacist bumbling around.

The USA tells a good story and does good PR and marketing, but reality is quite different. I just hope that German Christians don't get infected with the primally stupid charlatan "Christianity" that dominates the USA where an offense's magnitude is in direct relation ship to how close to a wealthy, white, charlatan Christian one is.

@Dick Hinrichs - You wonder about that, but it's because Germany and the United States are two wholly different places with differing fundamental mindsets. Germany evolved and German Christians are not the rabidly insane kind so dominant in the USA. Generally speaking, the difference between German Christians and American ones, is that the German ones have read and understood what Jesus stands for, American Christians apparently have never read the new testament and act like totalitarian lunatics more similar to the Taliban than not instead.
18:09 September 11, 2011 by derExDeutsche

It would seem to me that supporters of both the Democratic and Republican Parties go to church and share similar values. Liberals would have you believe it is only Republicans. And what exactly makes them so rabidly insane?

Do they allow Gay marriage everywhere in Europe, too? or Abortions? Both legal in the USA. Or are there too many 'rabidly insane' in Europe, too?

In fact, my having many German relatives, it is clear to anybody and everybody who are BY FAR the most socially conservative people in my New York neighborhood; 1st Generation Germans. It takes Germans a couple generations to loosen up.

and, I think it is only you that cares what nationality those who perished on 9/11 were. It has been mentioned many times that NY is a melting pot and people of many nationalities died. Fact is, you are intolerant of the Christian Religion. I don't care, I am atheist. But lets not BS about 'New Testaments' and all that tripe, lets just call it what it is ; Christian Intolerance and Anti-Americanism.
18:30 September 11, 2011 by Major B
@ expatriach

Thanks for bringing up Christianity!! Right now I need my beloved Christ, my awesome personal savior, to quell the anger inside after reading your ugly, insulting and just twisted commentary. I needed my Christ, and he answered, before I insulted your not so intelligent comments. I didn't attack you. That is the power of Christ, and I thank him. Wish I would call on him more when I get angry or irritated.

But I tell you what. Consider this. The world wept when New York, the Pentagon, and that Pennsylvania field were struck. You see, that Pentagon symbolized a migthy and determined nation, that devoted itself to defeating the forces of tyranny. That Pentagon, and the brilliant and dedicated men and women who served there, defeated evil and created the conditions that allow Germany to enjoy perhaps the best and most wholesome environment for any country in the world. New York City embraced millions of Germans as they left poverty, filth and disease for endless opportunities in the New World. That Pennsylvania field is not to far from Pennsylvania Dutch(German) settelments.

No, you are so wrong. America NEVER claimed is was all about us. But you have sir, insulted my country, the people who died, and the millions like me who have love and good will to the world. And you did it on a Sunday, on a day when my nation is in mourning. But Christ, Allah, Jehova, our strong faiths and religions like Buddhism, Hinduism and the many more faiths we accept and EMBRACE, these will get us through this day.

You have a blessed day sir!!!!!
20:01 September 11, 2011 by ND1000
Why are so many of you people on here such miserable pricks trying to find negativity in everything? Have a little respect for those innocent people who were directly murdered on purpose by evil a-holes. My respect goes out to those on here who are intelligent enough to see 9-11 as a sad day.
20:53 September 11, 2011 by Christine1
All we are saying is give peace a chance...
21:55 September 11, 2011 by frankiep
After reading the words that expatriach vomited onto the screen the quote "better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt" immediately comes to mind.

ND1000 said it perfectly: Miserable prick.
23:33 September 11, 2011 by hanskarl
@ expatriarch... A little news from a newsletter.......


As the International Student Advisor at our school, I have the wonderful opportunity to work with students, who participate in the exchange program with the Fachhochschule (). This exchange program gives German students the opportunity to attend (). Each year, approximately twenty five German students visit (). What are their impressions of the United States?

After I pick them up from the airport, I often ask them what immediate differences they notice between Germany and the United States. At this point, they have only spent a day in America. They immediately point out that our road lanes are twice the size of the European road¬ways, that stoplights go from red to green (rather than red, yellow, green), and cars can pass on the right, which is considered a severe offence in Germany. These first differences are obvious and focus on physical surroundings. But with time, their observations change.

After a half year, I revisit the questions with students. They now note differences in the way of life. For example, in the USA you are expected to have a check book, whereas many transactions in Europe are done by wire transfer. German students also point out that service at stores is a higher priority than it is back home, and most people they meet are generally friendly and more outgoing than in Europe.

I usually have a chance to meet with students at the end of their studies and ask what their overall impressions are. As a whole they tend to make the following observations:

Americans are not as religious as expected. The international media tends to depict Ameri¬cans as obsessed with religion. Also, Americans are not as gun obsessed as described in the Euro¬pean media. If one where to take movies at face value, almost all Americans would carry guns. In addition, they note that the political opinion is more diverse and broader than they expected.

After German students make Milwaukee their home for a year, they begin to understand how similar as people we really are. Far from home, they find people welcoming, helpful, honest, and kind. They make many friends and are often sad when it is time to leave. It is then, that the German students invite their new friends to visit them at home. They are eager to return the favor and share their customs with them.


Please, get a life.
01:37 September 12, 2011 by stablemate
@ expatriarch the germans have got more from usa than they ever can believe.....your stock market is in tank.....not because of america this time but maybe want to invest in real economy.....germany and france are driving the ship called the euro......9-11 is an american nightmare that people want to pray for ther lost and started a war in eastern countrys.. as of german soldiers lost......it is from war........wake up!
09:30 September 12, 2011 by freechoice
yesterday in church i prayed to God that He will bring judgement to those who had plotted such atrocities, and those who had caused the global economic meltdown in 2008, which made so many people lost their jobs!! Watch Inside Job the documentary. The wrath of God will rest in Him!
11:57 September 12, 2011 by Sastry.M
Facts are only comprehended and judged by mind but truth lurks behind a veil of bewilderment because of unfocussed clarity and judgement. Hence God becomes helpless, because greed of desires and lure of immediate benefits transcend all reason, deviating from HIS path of virtue, and leaves humanity bleed in its own mercy, because HE Holds no wickedness and knows not revenge and retribution.
12:51 September 12, 2011 by peeboy
@ freechoice : If you were truly religious wouldnt you rather pray to god for forgivenss to the plotters rather than retribution?
13:40 September 12, 2011 by Joseph Thomas
I think everyone should read HANSKARL'S post once again. What is written there is so profoundly and consistently true. I have observed the same, and have heard the same from so many. People in Europe are fed these negative impressions of the United States by so many sources including Der Spiegel and MANY others. Perpetuating so many false notions of America makes them feel better about themselves. It's very trendy to do so. Americans are far from perfect. However, Europeans who spend enough time here see that we do not puff ourselves up by critiquing other lands. They find us incredibly more humble than anticipated, kind, and much wiser than previously expected. I am pleased to know many in Europe who don't mindlessly eat from the plate of the some of the bigoted press there. They find out for themselves.
14:07 September 12, 2011 by jbaker
Pray to your god for forgiveness and accept god's forgiveness. Forgive Everyone who has ever wronged you or will wrong you in the future.

If humanity kept this simply belief, life on this planet would be happier.
17:46 September 13, 2011 by mkvgtired
expatriarch, so you are saying the mourning should be limited to 11 people, on a day when almost 3000 died. You also claim Americans do not know the world continues past their shores. Apparently the 12% of the foreign nationals that died all worked in the same office without any American interaction and then went home and did not leave or interact with anyone after work. The 12% does not take into account the new immigrants, or legal residents that are from other cultures that died in the attacks. Just the statistics you posted prove you are full of it.

Living in a major US city, I probably interact with more diverse cultures in one day then you do in a month. I am assuming you bash the US to inflate your ego. My parents left the city and moved to a small town of 5000 people. There are still many immigrant families, from many countries living there. I doubt so many people would continue to move to the US if the majority of the people were ignorant of the rest of the world, and hostile towards it. Please grow up.

I just hosted a German, and his friend, that I met in China. I'm glad not everyone is as hate filled as you. Our group started out as 6 Americans in China. Many people changed their travel plans to stay with us. The group ended as 6 Americans, 2 Germans, 1 Dutch, 2 Aussies, and 4 Brits. Believe it or not if you put aside your venomous hate for a day or two you might actually find out there are cool people out there from many different countries, including the US.

I think all should be mourned on 9/11. It was a total waste of life. I feel for any family members whether they are American, Japanese, German, etc. Hopefully the memorial will finally help bring closure for those that never found any remains.
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