Another official who also sent his condolences to the victims’ families was Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller, but it took him just as long. He offered his sympathies to the relatives of the victims two months after the attack, citing difficulties in obtaining their addresses and even claiming that he “deliberately let some time pass” since the December tragedy as he wanted all those affected to receive the messages at the same time.
The relatives’ letter ends up with a warning that the December 2016 attack is unlikely to become the last such incident in Germany. It also calls on Merkel to do her best to prevent any future attacks as well as to pay more attention to those who could be affected by them. “A simple correction of the existing mistakes… would be irresponsible,” it says.
The 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack has become the most high-profile such incident in Germany. It claimed lives of 12 people and left more than 50 others injured. The perpetrator of the attack managed to flee Germany but was eventually killed by police in Italy days after the incident