The German police then informed relatives that Voulgaridis had fallen victim of a criminal act, connected to settling scores. His close relatives and fellow villagers did not believe the German authorities’ version.
Voulgaridis’ mother went to the police station in Germany many times in her attempt to find out what really happened, but with no result.
The truth was revealed eight years after Voulgaridis’ murder and his mother, Evdoxia Voulgaridi, feels vindicated. She sent a message to all racists that turn themselves against migrants in Greece or in Germany. “What happened to me, I don’t want it to happen to any other mother. They took my son, who had so more years to live. Migrants are not to blame, they just want a better life.”
The German state compensated Voulgaridis’ mother with €10.000. Voulgaridis’ family migrated to Germany when he was eight years old. With his brother, they went both to Greek and German schools. He did various jobs in order to survive. He married a German woman and had two children. On 15 June 2005, Voulgaridis was working in his shop in Munich when members of the brutal neo-Nazi gang National Socialist Underground shot him in the head with three bullets.
The only perpetrator alive is Beate Zschaepe, 38, whose trial began on May 5. She is charged with playing a role in the murders of eight Turks, Greek Voulgaridis and a German policewoman from 2000 to 2007. She is also alleged to have been behind two bombings and 15 bank robberies in Germany.