† 02. Juni 1967 (Wiki)
The above is the deeply cynical press statement by Hanns-Peter Herz the press secretary of the Berlin senate on the morning after the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg, and the famous image of Ohnesorg beaten, shot in the back of the head and bleeding to death, whilst the police deny him an ambulance.
The death of the 26 year old student and father to be, Benno Ohnesorg by a bullet shot at short range to the back of the head fired by the Berlin police officer, Karl-Heinz Kurras, in June of 1967 was one of the germinal moments of the radicalization of the protest movements of West-Berlin. Ohnesorg and his pregnant wife Christa had joined the protest against Schah Pahlavi, whose dictatorial government, and role in Middle-Eastern politics was seen with great skepticism. Due to the Communist hysteria of the time, the largely military back-ground of Berlin’s then police officers, poor police strategy, a general atmosphere of animosity toward dissent, and an unfortunate series of events, Ohnesorg was shot, and beaten, then denied adequate emergency care. This lead to his death from his injuries during the night of June 2nd 1967.
The ensuing official treatment of the case, attempted cover up, political mismanagement of the aftermath, and the acquittal of the policeman Karl-Heinz Kurras, so outraged many citizens that it kicked off the critical reexamining of the role of the past in German society and politics of the present, and a heightened awareness especially, but not only among young people of the role the West plays in international politics.