Fifteen thousand people, headed by West German President Walter School, attended a public funeral in West Berlin on Thursday (21 November) for the city's chief judge Guenter von Drenkmann, who was shot by gunmen on 10 November.
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Background: Fifteen thousand people, headed by West German President Walter School, attended a public funeral in West Berlin on Thursday (21 November) for the city's chief judge Guenter von Drenkmann, who was shot by gunmen on 10 November.
The judge was assassinated in front of his wife in his apartment. West Berlin police believe that his killers were avenging the death of hunger-striker Holger Meins, a member of the anarchist Baader-Meinhof group, who died in prison on 9 November
In a funeral address, President School denounced those who failed to oppose political terror as helping to give power to forces who believed exclusively in violence. He condemned "insane murder" but urged that "feelings of revenge must never fill out thoughts".
A 30-year old Protestant pastor, the Reverend Kornelius Burghardt, and a church social workers and prison visitors, Frau Undine Zuehlke, have been detained by West Berlin police in connection with Herr Drenkmann's murder. They are being held on suspicion of supporting a criminal conspiracy and failing to report a planned crime.