The Murder of Halit Yozgat


Shortly after 5:00 pm on 6 April 2006, 21-year-old Halit Yozgat was murdered at the desk of his family-run internet café in Kassel, Germany. His death was the ninth of ten murders committed across Germany between 2000 and 2007, by a neo-Nazi group known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU). German intelligence officer Andreas Temme testified that he was sitting in the next room but did not see or hear anything. Forensic Architecture constructed a 1:1-scale physical model of the internet café and reenacted Temme’s reenactment, in order to investigate his testimony. Could he have smelled, heard, or seen evidence of the murder? The investigation established that Temme’s testimony was very likely to be untruthful. As part of the installation of The Society of Friends of Halit, the three-channel video 77sqm_9:26min and accompanying written report by Forensic Architecture was shown at the Neue Neue Galerie during Documenta 14 in Kassel.


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