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Halle Synagogue Shooting (2019)
Halle Synagogue Shooting (2019)
October 9, 2019
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Halle Synagogue Shooting (2019)

1 Jew was killed in an antisemitic attack in Halle, Germany on 10/9/2019

The attack near the synagogue in Halle, Germany, during Yom Kippur, marked by its live streaming, was a grim reminder of the threat of far-right extremism in Europe.

The attack near a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on October 9, 2019, represented a chilling escalation in antisemitic violence, marked notably by its live streaming, echoing a disturbing trend in the use of technology to amplify acts of terror. This incident not only claimed innocent lives but also served as a grim reminder of the persistent threat of antisemitism and far-right extremism in Europe.


The attack took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, a time of reflection and atonement. The synagogue in Halle was filled with worshippers. Halle, like many cities across Germany, has a Jewish community that contributes richly to the cultural and religious life of the region. The attack in Halle was part of a disturbing rise in antisemitic incidents in Germany, a country still grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust.

Details of the Attack:

The assailant, later identified as Stephan Balliet, a 27-year-old German national, was heavily armed and equipped with homemade explosives. His apparent intention was to storm the synagogue and massacre the worshippers inside. The synagogue door, which remained locked and resisted his attempts to shoot it open, prevented a greater tragedy. Unable to enter the synagogue, Balliet began shooting outside, streaming his attack live on the internet.

In a senseless act of violence, Balliet killed two people: a passerby near the synagogue and a customer at a nearby kebab shop. The live broadcast of the attack added a layer of horror, as it was intended to inspire others to commit similar acts of hate. The police eventually arrested Balliet after a brief gunfight.

Victims of the Attack:

The victims of this heinous act were:

Jana Lange: A 40-year-old woman who was passing by the synagogue. She was shot outside the building after she confronted Balliet. Her death was a tragic consequence of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Kevin S.: A 20-year-old employee at the Kiez Döner kebab shop. He was killed in the subsequent shooting. The kebab shop, often a social and cultural meeting place, symbolizes a multicultural Germany, and his death underlined the senselessness of the violence.

The attack in Halle led to a nationwide outcry in Germany, with calls for stronger measures against far-right extremism and better protection for Jewish communities. Memorials and vigils were held for the victims, and there was a strong show of solidarity from different quarters, including government officials, civic leaders, and citizens.

This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by radicalization and hate ideologies. It underscores the need for vigilance, robust counter-extremism strategies, and continuous support for communities targeted by such acts of terror. The memories of Jana Lange and Kevin S. are reminders of the human cost of hatred and the urgent need for societies to stand firmly against antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.

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