xhiller | Tuesday, der 1. February 2011
This is Volker von Mallinckrodt. He’s in Berlin on his own personal support mission for Nöel Martin. Mr. Martin is a Black British citizen who was paralyzed from the neck down after a brutal attack in 1996 by neo-Nazis in Mahlow near Berlin. Riding down Charlottenstrasse I noticed a vehicle in front of me. Was this a bicycle, a motorcycle, a cycle rickshaw maybe? The colorful, heavily-laden bike made a left turn on to Unter den Linden. While pedaling next to each other on the busy boulevard, I asked my fellow cyclist if I could take a picture. We ended up talking in the middle of street ’till we took the conversation to the sidewalk. His name is Volker von Mallinckrodt and this is his fifth 900 kilometer trip from Göppingen (near Stuttgart) to Mahlow (near Berlin). Volker’s doing a bike against racism tour to support Nöel Martin, a Black British citizen. Mr. Martin has been paralyzed from the neck down since 1996 after a brutal attack by neo-Nazis in Mahlow. This is Volker’s personal contribution to help end racism and to let people know how Nöel is coping with his fate. Please see the website Initiative Noel Martin and read his moving story. The site is mostly in German but scroll down a bit to find the English.