“Dear Susanna, I’m very sorry”

In June 2018 I was assigned with documenting the aftermath of the murder and alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by an asylum seeker in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Together with the editors at Die Zeit and an amazing team of journalists in the field we made a conscious decision to keep a visual distance from the case and to refrain from photographing the young peers of the victim and the murderer. I spend the weekend following the discovery of the body revisiting the crime scene and other places connected to the crime trying to provide a calm and gentle view on the aftermath in a time of heated discussions about immigration and the hideous instrumentalisation of events like this by far-right organizations.

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