A 59-year-old doctor, Fritz von Weizsäcker, was attacked by a man while delivering a lecture on liver disease at a Berlin hospital. The attacker was controlled by the people who attended the lecture. One of them was seriously injured. According to the prosecution, the man planned the act.In one of the Berlin hospitals, the 57-year-old attacker stabbed the son of former German President Richard von Weizsäcker on Tuesday night to death.
Doctor Fritz von Weizsäcker lectured at liver disease at the Schlosspark Clinic in Berlin when he was stabbed in the neck by an attacker. Despite efforts to save him, the 59-year-old died at the scene of the attack.
The attacker was controlled by the people who attended the lecture. One of them was seriously injured.
The attacker planned the action, according to the prosecution. The 57-year-old from North Rhine-Westphalia learned of Fritz von Weizsäcker’s lecture online, bought a knife in his country and traveled to Berlin by train. At the end of the lecture he went on stage and attacked the lecturer. The man was said to have an “acute mental illness” and probably generally disliked the von Weizsäcker family, the prosecution said.
Fritz von Weizsäcker was a prominent physician from one of the most famous German families. His father was president of the Federal Republic of Germany between 1984 and 1990 and president of the united Germany between 1990 and 1994. Previously, he was a Member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Mayor of West Berlin. He died in 2015.
According to the German political magazine Spiegel, the attacker explored the role of Richard von Weizsäcker in the chemical giant Boehringer Ingelheim in the 1960s, before his political career began. At that time, the company was to supply the United States with some of the substances used to make the agent orange chemical used by the United States in the Vietnam War.
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