Press release of the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany
from 31 August 2015
71 died in a people-smuggling lorry in Austria last week. 71 people jammed together in a lorry with a floor area of 6 by 2.5 metres. What must have taken place inside the lorry is unfathomable.
The day after the catastrophe, the Schauspielhaus Bochum received a call from Gerard Graf. The head of the Bochum company Graf International Haulage owns a lorry of the same model that 71 people died in. Gerard Graf was so shocked and affected that he approached the Schauspielhaus Bochum to arrange an initiative that would demonstrate what people are willing to accept for a life in a safe place. On Wednesday, 2 September 2015 — one week after the disaster — at 6pm, he will be in front of the Schauspielhaus with his lorry for approximately 30 minutes, in order to put flesh on what happened in Austria.
The Schauspielhaus invites you to come by and see for yourself: 71 people and one lorry. You’ll have the possibility to enter the lorry and experience, for a brief moment, what it feels like when the doors are closing.
Come by and be a part of it. Together with Graf-Haulage and the Schauspielhaus Bochum, point the way for more humane entry conditions, because no one should have to die in a truck.