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Copenhagen Attacks (2015)
Copenhagen Attacks (2015)
February 14, 2015
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Copenhagen Attacks (2015)

1 Jew was killed in an antisemitic attack in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2/15/2015

The Copenhagen attacks, targeting a free speech event and a synagogue, highlighted the growing concerns over freedom of expression and antisemitism in Europe.

The Copenhagen attacks in February 2015 were a stark reminder of the rising tide of antisemitism and extremism in Europe. These attacks were not just assaults on individuals but were also aimed at cultural and religious freedom, deeply shaking the Danish capital and reverberating across the world.


Copenhagen, known for its rich cultural heritage and history of religious tolerance, was jolted by these violent acts. The first attack targeted a free speech event titled "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression" at the Krudttønden café, reflecting the growing tensions around freedom of expression and religious extremism in Europe. The subsequent attack at a synagogue in Copenhagen was a direct assault on the Jewish community, a grim reminder of the perniciousness of antisemitic violence.

Details of the Attack:

The events unfolded over several hours on February 14 and 15. The initial attack at the Krudttønden café resulted in the death of one civilian and the injury of three police officers. The assailant, Omar El-Hussein, a 22-year-old Danish-born man of Palestinian descent, then proceeded to the Great Synagogue in Krystalgade, where a Bat Mitzvah celebration was underway.

At the synagogue, El-Hussein shot and killed a volunteer security guard, Dan Uzan, who was protecting the entrance. Two police officers were also injured in this attack. The swift response of law enforcement led to the tracking and eventual fatal shooting of El-Hussein near Nørrebro station early on February 15.

Victims of the Attack:

The victims of these tragic events were:

Finn Nørgaard: A 55-year-old film director, Nørgaard was attending the event at Krudttønden café. He was killed during the first attack, remembered for his passion for filmmaking and his belief in freedom of expression.

Dan Uzan: A 37-year-old volunteer security guard and member of the Jewish community, Uzan was fatally shot while protecting the synagogue. His death was a devastating blow to the community, highlighting the risks that ordinary individuals face in the context of religious and cultural violence.

The Copenhagen attacks led to an outpouring of grief and solidarity within Denmark and internationally. These incidents heightened awareness of the need for security measures at religious and cultural sites and sparked discussions on balancing freedom of expression with respect for religious sensitivities.

In the aftermath, there were vigils, interfaith gatherings, and a strong show of unity against extremism. The Danish government and various organizations stepped up efforts to counter radicalization and bolster community resilience. The attacks in Copenhagen serve as a painful reminder of the ongoing threat posed by extremist ideologies and the importance of vigilance, unity, and commitment to the values of tolerance and mutual respect in diverse societies.

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