On Saturday, two years have passed since the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Halle in central Germany. Vigils and rallies were organized in the city. Several hundred people commemorated the victims of the anti-Semitic attack with a minute’s silence. “The attack by right-wing extremists in Halle shows that words and deeds are not distant from each other,” said Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt Reiner Haseloff.
At 12/04 the bells of the Marktkirche church and the Red Tower rang. At this hour, two years ago, an armed right-wing extremist and anti-Semite attempted to break into a synagogue where over 50 believers celebrated Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish holiday. After an unsuccessful attempt to get inside, the perpetrator shot two random people and injured two others.
The Halle killer was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Two years after the attack in Halle
During the ceremony commemorating the victims, Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt Reiner Haseloff warned against further polarization of the political debate. “Changing and brutalizing the language is a wake-up call,” said a CDU politician. “The attack by right-wing extremists in Halle shows: words and deeds are not distant from each other,” he added.
Haseloff called for civil courage: “Let us draw the red line of decency together: we must consistently prevent defamation of others.”
As he said, the attempted attack on the synagogue shows how important it is to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to pass it on from generation to generation. – Not only schools have to take care of this, but also families, circles of friends, clubs, associations and parties – emphasized Haseloff.
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