Referendum in Duisburg: Mayor Ousted 18 Months After Love Parade Disaster

Referendum in Duisburg: Mayor Ousted 18 Months After Love Parade Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2012

Duisburg mayor Adolf Sauerland was voted out of office in a local referendum on Sunday after he refused to resign over the Love Parade disaster in July 2010 in which 21 people died. He would not take responsibility for the mistakes that led to the tragedy, and said it was up to the courts to decide who was to blame. more...

Blind Leading the Blind: Testimony Reveals Police Role in Love Parade Disaster

Blind Leading the Blind: Testimony Reveals Police Role in Love Parade Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2011

One year after the Love Parade disaster in Duisburg left 21 people dead, new testimony has revealed a catastrophic lack of police communication. A key police adviser has said he knew nothing of the developing crush until it was much too late. By Georg Bönisch, Andrea Brandt and Sven Röbel more...


A Year after the Crush: The Difficult Burden of Love Parade Guilt

A Year after the Crush: The Difficult Burden of Love Parade Guilt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2011

Wolfgang L. believes he accidentally trampled someone to death during the Love Parade crush almost one year ago. Since then the trauma has torn his life apart. Still, he is hoping for a new beginning.   By Julia Jüttner more...

Surviving the Love Parade: 'There Is Life Before, and Life After'

Surviving the Love Parade: 'There Is Life Before, and Life After'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2011

A stranger saved Victoria Williams' life when she collapsed in the crush of the Love Parade stampede last July in Duisburg. At first she tried to handle the trauma alone, but she later checked into a clinic. Without therapy she wouldn't have gotten her old life back, she says. By Julia Jüttner more...


Remembering a Tragedy: The Long Search for a Love Parade Memorial

Remembering a Tragedy: The Long Search for a Love Parade Memorial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2011

The search to find a suitable memorial to the 21 people who died in the 2010 Love Parade disaster lasted for months. Now a jury, including members of the victims' families, has finally chosen a monument. But for one woman who lost her 23-year-old daughter, the design brought up too many emotions at first. By Jochen-Martin Gutsch more... Comment ]

Investigating the Love Parade Tragedy: Did One Police Officer's Order Lead to Disaster?

Investigating the Love Parade Tragedy: Did One Police Officer's Order Lead to Disaster?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2011

Did a single police order result in the deaths of 21 people at last summer's Love Parade? According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, several security personnel have accused an officer of demanding that a crowd control facility be opened. The resulting flood of visitors may have directly contributed to the tragedy. more...


Love Parade Disaster: Prosecutors Investigate 16 over Deadly Event

Love Parade Disaster: Prosecutors Investigate 16 over Deadly Event

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2011

Twenty-one people died at the Love Parade rave music event in Duisburg, Germany last July. Six months later, prosecutors say they have launched investigations into 16 people including a police officer, city officials and workers at the event's private organizer -- in possible manslaughter and negligence charges. more...

Blaming the Police: Love Parade Organizer Releases CCTV Videos of Disaster Day

Blaming the Police: Love Parade Organizer Releases CCTV Videos of Disaster Day

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2010

Love Parade organizer Rainer Schaller says the police are to blame for the 21 deaths at the event that took place in Duisburg, Germany, in late July. To prove his point, he has released CCTV video material shot at the entrance to the event site. Police are outraged. more...


Duisburg Mayor on Love Parade Catastrophe: 'Something Went Wrong -- With Terrible Consequences'

Duisburg Mayor on Love Parade Catastrophe: 'Something Went Wrong -- With Terrible Consequences'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2010

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland, 55, discusses the death threats he has received since the Love Parade disaster, his city government's responsibility and his decision to remain in office following the deadly catastrophe. more...

Interview with the Love Parade Crowd Manager: 'Many More Visitors Came than We Expected'

Interview with the Love Parade Crowd Manager: 'Many More Visitors Came than We Expected'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2010

Carsten Walter was charged with helping control the influx and outflow of visitors at the Love Parade. He tells SPIEGEL what went wrong and describes how he became a witness to catastrophe. more...