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Synagogue door of Halle is to become a place of remembrance


Bullet holes testify to the terrorist attack: A door to the synagogue in Halle prevented the right-wing extremist assassin from entering the Jewish temple. Now she is to become a memorial.

It looks rather inconspicuous, but is solidly built: The door at the entrance to the synagogue of the Jewish community stands for the "miracle of Halle". It probably saved dozens of people in the anti-Semitic attack of a right-wing extremist on 9 October.

The Jewish community wants to keep the door - but not to its previous location. There are various ideas about where the wooden door should be in the future, said the chairman of the Jewish community, Max Privorozki. As a memorial.

"We may put them outside the synagogue in the yard so that when you enter the synagogue, you see how this door has saved us," he said. Maybe the door will also be in town. "We have not decided yet," said Privorozki. This is expected to happen in December at the ordinary assembly of the community.

"The door will not be thrown away," said the chairman. "For me, the door is really holy because it really saved us," said Privorozki. Video footage would have shown how the culprit shot and withstood the door. "This is really a miracle."

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The assassin of HalleThe traces of Stephan Balliet

A good 50 people were in dread in the church when heavily armed Stephan Balliet shot the door on 9 October and threw explosives. When that failed, he shot a 40-year-old woman from Halle and a short time later a 20-year-old man in a nearby Dönerladen. On his escape, the shooter injured a couple in Landsberg in the Saalekreis difficult. The 27-year-old has the offense of anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist motives confessed. He is in custody.

The door to the synagogue is now to be exchanged after consultation with security experts. In terms of security features, it will probably be a comparable door. "It will be even better than this good door," said Privorozki, referring to the solid construction. This is also dependent on recommendations of experts and whether the money of the community sufficient.

For security, the municipality regularly spend between 7000 and 10,000 euros annually. A few years ago, with the door to the synagogue in Halle, a system with a video system was installed for about 30,000 euros. There had been support from Israel.

Source: spiegel

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