For many in Germany, this case has reopened an
uncomfortable debate about whether the country must do more to tackle the far-right and lingering racist attitudes.
For victims’ families it is their first chance to come face to face with Zschaepe, a woman whose blank expression and resolute silence since her arrest have left people and police struggling to make sense of her motives.
Prosecutors say the gang chose people running small businesses or shops as easy, vulnerable targets, in a bid to terrify migrants.
They are even charged with compiling a DVD containing an illustrated guide of where and how they carried out the killings.
If found guilty, Zschaepe faces life behind bars.