“We hope this helps at least a little bit to alleviate the material suffering of those affected,” said Niedkin. The Minister of the Interior of the Rhineland-Palatinate, Roger Lewentz (Social Democratic Party), also attended the concert in Engers Castle Square, which sold out to about 600 visitors. “Concerts like this are an important sign of solidarity. It is necessary to stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims,” said Lewentz of the German news agency dpa. But even after such events, there is a lot of touching solidarity, not only from celebrities. “There is a lot of hard work and impressive donations. It shows that Germany is not a cold country.”
A spokesperson for the Villa Musica Rhineland-Palatinate Foundation said the campaign showed “100 per cent solidarity with those affected by the floods”. On July 14 and 15, heavy rains caused a flood and also flooded large parts of the Rhineland-Palatinate Valley. More than 130 people were killed there alone.
Niedken’s father came from Unkel about 30 kilometers down the Rhine from Neuwied. The musician completed the performance as part of his tour with songs and stories about Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan. Accompanied by Mike Herting on piano. SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach also attended the concert in Neuwied.
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