Shocked Germans face new outbreak of far-right terror

Above the rain-soaked flowers and little lanterns left by well-wishers, the bullet holes are clearly visible in the small wooden door of the synagogue in Halle. That door was all that stood between an armed extremist and the worshippers inside the building, gathered to pray on the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Christina Feist was inside as the gunman tried – and failed – to shoot his way into the building.

“We were actually just in the middle of Shacharit, which is the morning service, reading Torah, when I heard and saw explosions and two clouds of smoke right outside the window,” she said. “For a couple of seconds everyone was silent, and then all of a sudden everything went super-fast. The cantor who was leading prayer immediately understood what was going on.

Media captionChristina Feist describes being inside the synagogue as a gunmen attempted to attack it

“He said: ‘Everyone out of here – go to the next room, go upstairs, be on the floor, go down and go away from the windows.””

The horror and confusion which engulfed Halle on Wednesday has been replaced by bewilderment and painful questions. What many in Halle’s Jewish community – and others besides – want to know is why there was no police guard to protect them: a situation Josef Schuster, president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews,…

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