Watch: Remembering the Halle Synagogue Attack One Year Later

October 8, 2020

Last year on October 9th, 2019, a heavily armed far-right extremist in military fatigues stormed the synagogue in the city of Halle, Germany during prayer services on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. Thankfully, a reinforced security door and protective lock system prevented the gunmen from entering the synagogue, potentially saving dozens of lives. As we commemorate the first anniversary of the Halle attack, what has changed?

Watch the video below to learn more.

Tragically, after failing to enter the synagogue, the attacker fatally shot two people nearby and injured two others, while streaming the attack to social media from a camera on his helmet. After the attack, German leaders expressed solidarity with the Jewish community, promised to fight anti-Semitism and increased security at Jewish institutions across the country.

Yet despite this, anti-Semitism is still increasing in Germany one year later. Jews continue to be attacked, including in close proximity to the one year commemoration of the Halle attack.