Halle synagogue-door artwork to be unveiled on attack anniversary

The artistically redesigned door of the synagogue in the German city of Halle, which prevented a heavily armed right-wing extremist from entering in October, will be unveiled on the first anniversary of the anti-Semitic attack.

“It will be a cooperation between all the people who are taking part and is meant to strengthen the community,” project leader Lidia Edel told dpa.

The synagogue door is expected to be replaced in March, then the art project can get under way. The community’s children are to be involved in the artwork. Edel, 18, describes its meaning with the words “life and safety.” Wood will play a big part.

“People age with wood, but it never dies completely. It is meant to also show that we are alive,” Edel said.

The door will eventually be exhibited.

Around 50 people were in the synagogue on October 9 when the suspected attacker, identified only as Stephan B under German privacy laws, shot at the door and threw explosive devices.

The attack took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Stephan B has admitted he acted out of anti-Semitic and right-wing motives.

After he failed to force his way into the synagogue, he shot dead a 40-year-old woman in the street and a 20-year-old man in a nearby kebab shop. He also seriously injured a couple while fleeing.

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