Vor 80 Jahren brannte Kassel nach schweren Luftangriffen

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Anlässlich des 80. Jahrestages dieses schrecklichen Ereignisses, das mit der Machtübernahme der Nationalsozialisten und dem von Nazi-Deutschland begonnenen Zweiten Weltkrieg seinen Anfang nahm, lädt die Stadt Kassel am Sonntag, 22. Oktober, um 19.30 Uhr zu einer öffentlichen Gedenkveranstaltung in die Martinskirche, Martinsplatz 5, ein. Diese schließt sich einem Gedenkgottesdienst an, der bereits um 18 Uhr beginnt.

In sehr persönlichen Interviews mit Schülern des Wilhelmsgymnasiums werden Zeitzeuginnen und Zeitzeugen in einem Filmbeitrag erzählen, wie sie die Zeit des Zweiten Weltkriegs und die Kasseler Bombennacht erlebten. Oberbürgermeister Sven Schoeller wird in einer Gedenkrede auf dieses dunkle Kapitel der Kasseler Geschichte, aber auch auf aktuelle Ereignisse eingehen. Musikalisch umrahmt wird die Veranstaltung von Gan Wang und Susy Riminucci von der Musikschule Kassel.

Um 20.44 Uhr – der Zeit als am 22. Oktober 1943 die ersten Bomben auf Kassel niedergingen – wird der Klang der Osanna-Glocke den Beginn eines stadtweiten Geläuts anstimmen, das an dieses traurige Datum erinnern und zum Frieden mahnen soll.

Der Abend beginnt um 18 Uhr mit einem ökumenischen Gedenkgottesdienst in der Martinskirche. Die Predigt hält Bischöfin Dr. Beate Hofmann, die Liturgie wird von Pfarrer Dr. Willi Temme und Pastoralreferent Stefan Ahr geleitet. Musikalisch wird der Gottesdienst von Kirchenmusikdirektor Eckhard Manz gestaltet.

Bereits um 14 Uhr laden die Stadt und der Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. zu einer Kranzniederlegung am Ehrenmal für die Bombenopfer auf dem Hauptfriedhof und anschließend am Gräberfeld für die ausländischen Kriegstoten ein.

Anmeldungen zu den genannten Veranstaltungen sind nicht nötig.

Weitere Informationen rund um den 80. Jahrestag der Bombennacht vom 22. Oktober 1943 gibt es unter https://www.kassel.de/buerger/stadtgeschichte/erinnerungskultur/zerstoerung-kassels.php.

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