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Q & A with Aysun Bademsoy, Director of 'Spuren – Die Opfer des NSU' (Traces - The NSU victims)

Arts and Law, International, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Students
Monday 7th December 2020 (18:30-19:30)

Please email to confirm your attendance.


Dr Katharina Karcher, Senior Lecturer in German, Department of Modern Languages will be hosting the event and presenting the Q and A.

**If you have registered for this event on or before 30 November, please email to confirm your attendance. Due to a technical error, the Eventbrite page that was being used is no longer accessible to the event organisers**.

About the film

  • Between April 2000 and April 2007, eight men with Turkish roots, one man with a Greek background, and one German policewoman were brutally murdered in broad daylight at their workplaces in cities across Germany with the same weapon. In all but one case, police investigations focused on the victims’ suspected links to ‘foreign’ criminal networks. For years, their grieving families were treated like suspects. In 2011, it became known that the right-wing terror group ‘National Socialist Underground (NSU)’ was responsible for the murders. After the suicide of the two main perpetrators, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, their partner in crime Beate Zschäpe and four helpers of the group stood trial in Munich in 2013. The trial ended in 2018 with mild sentences for most defendants and without providing critical insights into the local and national Nazi networks that had enabled the NSU murders. As a recent string of scandals over far-right networks in the German military and police and the Hanau terror attack in February 2020 show, these Nazi networks and their ideas continue to pose a major threat. Aysun Bademsoy’s film provides an empathic portrait of the NSU victims and gives their families an opportunity to share their stories and political demands, which are now more important than ever. 

  • Watch Dr Karcher's introduction to the film
  • Watch the trailer for the film (the trailer is only available in German, but we will show a version of the film with English subtitles).


By registering you will gain access to the film, which you will be able to watch prior to the Q & A with Aysun Bademsoy. The aim of this virtual film screening and Q&A is to make an important film accessible to an international audience and to offer viewers the unique opportunity to discuss it with the director. Due to Copyright reasons the film will be available online for two days only (6 and 7 December). On 6 December, you will receive an email from us with a personal link that enables you to watch the film free of charge on the film platform Vimeo. You will also receive a link to the live Q&A session with Aysun Bademsoy on 7 December.

About the Director

Born on 14 March 1960 in Mersin, Turkey, Aysun Bademsoy has been living in Berlin since 1969. She studied theatre and journalism at the FU Berlin from 1978-89, and performed in TV movies and series during her studies. She has worked as a production manager, cutter, and assistant director for Harun Farocki. She directed her first documentary in 1989, the year she graduated. In her many documentaries since, she has consistently dealt with the topic of life together with regard to Turks and Germans. (source)

The event is funded by the ERC project ‘Urban Terrorism in Europe (2004-19): Remembering, Imagining, and Anticipating Violence’, the Institute of German and European Studies, and the Graduate Centre for Europe at the University of Birmingham.


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