The Catholic and Protestant churches commemorated the victims of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train accident with a moving service on Saturday. The accident was “brutally hit” in people’s lives, it was also a turning point for the place, said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, in the parish church Maria Himmelfahrt Partenkirchen. The service is an expression of sadness and dismay, “but also an expression of our hope”.

“We stand before God empty-handed. But he can fill her with his consolation,” said Marx, who conducted the service with the evangelical regional bishop Christian Kopp. “You now have to live with the fact that you were there on June 3, 2022 – and that your world is different now,” Kopp said to relatives and survivors, to rescue workers and other helpers in the church.

“The swath that this storm of misfortune has cut through life does not just grow over quickly.” This service could be a small seedling. “Together we are here and we strengthen each other. It only works together.”

Among others, Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann, President of the State Parliament Ilse Aigner (both CSU), Minister of Economics Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters), District Administrator Anton Speer (FW), Mayor Elisabeth Koch (CSU) and representatives of the railways took part in the service. Herrmann expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and thanked the rescue workers, including many volunteers, who might have saved the lives of seriously injured people.