German city in shock in wake of synagogue attack

Clay Curtis
October 10, 2019

Max Privorozki, Halle's Jewish community chairman, described how the gunman tried to shoot his way into the synagogue where up to 80 worshippers were marking Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

A tweet from police advised people near to the crime scene to remain vigilant and to stay in their homes or indoors while authorities searched for additional suspects, according to the Associated Press.

The livestream platform said that five people watched the "horrific act" live during the 35 minutes of its duration and that approximately 2,200 people viewed it in "the 30 minutes before the video was flagged and removed from Twitch".

Halle police confirmed that "multiple shots were fired" and that multiple suspects fled the scene in a auto. She said there was no further details on the suspects or what type of vehicle was involved.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government voiced outrage over the attack on Yom Kippur and urged tougher action against anti-Semitic violence.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, joined by Israeli ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff and local officials, laid flowers Thursday at the Halle temple before meeting with Jewish community representatives inside.

"It must be clear that the state takes responsibility for Jewish life, for the security of Jewish life in Germany", he said.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer later confirmed that anti-Semitism was certainly one of the shooter's motives.

German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht condemned the murders and attack against the synagogue, and pledged to take more serious measures to better protect Jews and Jewish institutions in the country. An attack on one Jew is an attack on all, said Fagin, adding that "our prayers and thoughts are with our brethren in Halle".

Petr Cech: Premier League legend joins ice-hockey side Guildford
Cech played 15 seasons in the Premier League, amassing a record 207 clean sheets in 443 games for the Blues and Gunners. Guildford Phoenix play in the second tier of British ice hockey.

"This negligence has now been bitterly repaid".

Anti-Semitism is a particularly sensitive issue in Germany, which during World War Two was responsible for the genocide of 6 million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust.

The community has grown to about 225,000 thanks in large part to an influx from the ex-Soviet Union after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Before he began shooting on October 9, the attacker also broadcast an anti-Semitic manifesto online.

The man, who still has not been identified, appeared on a video stream, recorded on a GoPro camera, speaking in English. He then shot and killed a woman in the street outside and a man at a nearby kebab shop.

The attack in Germany on Wednesday local time, where investigators are pursuing anti-Semitic motives after the assailant reportedly shot at the door of a synagogue in an attempt to gain entry, drew swift condemnation from United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and renewed calls from Jewish groups in the U.S. to step up cooperation in combating anti-Semitism.

"We saw through the camera of our synagogue that a heavily armed perpetrator wearing a steel helmet and rifle was trying to shoot open our door".

The attack was condemned by the German government, as well as local and worldwide Jewish associations, but the authorities came under fire for failing to provide adequate security to Jewish worshippers on the day of the attack.

"The grenade hit the door and exploded", he said. "Then we carried on with our service".

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER