The German Winter When Far-Right Hatred Turns Into Terrorism

The man responsible for the massacre in Hanau was not only a racist, but also a confused and clearly troubled person. He may have acted alone, but he was part of a global network of web-based hatred. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A bullet at the site of the massacre in Hanau: "Right-wing extremism and right-wing terrorism are currently the greatest threat to our democracy."

A bullet at the site of the massacre in Hanau: "Right-wing extremism and right-wing terrorism are currently the greatest threat to our democracy."

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The perpetrator: In videos on his homepage, Tobias Rathjen presented the conspiracy theories of a man who had lost his way.

The perpetrator: In videos on his homepage, Tobias Rathjen presented the conspiracy theories of a man who had lost his way.

The shisha bar Midnight was one of the site's of Wednesday night's massacre.

The shisha bar Midnight was one of the site's of Wednesday night's massacre.

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife during a visit to show their condolences for the victims in Hanau

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife during a visit to show their condolences for the victims in Hanau

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