Münster, 24th April 2015. On Friday, 24th April 2015 – in day and hour almost exactly one month after the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in the French Alps – County Chief Administrator Prof. Dr. Reinhard Klenke handed over the recognition document of the Elena Bleß Foundation to the founders, Annette and Dr. Martin Bleß, in the presence of Ulrich Wessel, headmaster of the Joseph-König-Gymnasium, Reverend Karl Henschel and the first town councillor of the city of Haltern am See, Hans-Josef Böing
Elena Bleß belongs to the 16 pupils of Joseph-König-Gymnasium in Haltern am See, who lost their lives together with two teachers in the crash of the Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. They should return from a school exchange from Catalonia.
“In the sense of Elena, who enjoyed learning foreign languages very much and for this reason liked travelling abroad, the Elena Bleß Foundation shall contribute within its bounds to promoting the international communication of pupils”, said Annette Bleß, grammar school teacher in Marl and chairwoman of the Foundation Board.
“Compensations of Lufthansa cannot give us our daughter back, but their revenue can make a small contribution to the general public and maintain the memory of Elena”, added Martin Bleß.
“In the Elena Bleß Foundation the name and memory of your daughter will survive. You give something of the love you can no longer give your daughter to other young people and you give an impressive sign of courage, which may encourage others suffering”, says Klenke when handing over the document.
Support for work placements of pupils abroad can be applied for by parents or schools in Germany or other european countries. Applications can be sent at any time per application form or informally, e. g. per e-mail, to
At present, exchange Programmes for pupils are only supported at the cooperating schools. Here support is applied for by the school.
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