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Bertelsmann pledges support to dependents of rescue workers killed in New York
Gütersloh (ots) - The international media company Bertelsmann, which does a third of its business in the US, has pledged its financial support to the families of policemen and firefighters killed and still trapped in the Twin Towers. Speaking at an event on Wednesday in Gütersloh, Bertelsmann Chairman & CEO Thomas Middelhoff announced that the company will be donating one million US dollars each to the appropriate organizations at the Police and Fire Dept., saying that this is intended as a first signal and as a gesture of compassion and sympathy. Additional support measures should follow.
"Our answer to terrorism can only lie in solidarity and the courage of our convictions," emphasized Middelhoff. "Solidarity with the victims, with the survivors, with the families, with all US citizens and with our colleagues at Random House, BMG, Gruner + Jahr, Arvato, RTL Group, DirectGroup and BertelsmannSpringer in the US. Through the journalistic work of our various media, we will do everything we can to speed the return to a peaceful world."
The Chairman & CEO has appealed to Bertelsmann's more than 18,000 employees in the US, and particularly to its approximately 5,000 employees in New York, to donate blood. Hotlines for Bertelsmann's US employees and their families were already put into operation on Tuesday, to organize information and assistance. The Bertelsmann Building on Times Square was not hit by the terrorist tragedy.
ots Originaltext: Bertelsmann AG
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