Hanover – A window at the synagogue in Hanover was damaged on Wednesday, the highest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur. A police spokesman confirmed this. There are no injuries.
According to a report in the “Hannoversche Allgemeine”, a stone or other hard object was thrown through a stained-glass window in the women’s gallery at around 7 p.m. during the service.
The police spokesman said: “It is certain that a window was damaged. How, that has not yet been clarified.” There is no reliable evidence for an attack, the investigations are still ongoing.
According to the newspaper report, around 150 people had gathered in the synagogue on the Day of Atonement to pray. Towards the end of the service, visitors heard a clang and a bang, the newspaper reports. There was a hole in the window about six meters up. Michael Fürst, the chairman of the congregation, told the newspaper: “The perpetrator must have entered the synagogue grounds. I am deeply shocked.”
Numerous politicians commented on the case on social networks. “Horrible!” wrote the Greens member of the Bundestag Sven-Christian Kindler on Twitter. He comes from Hanover. “My solidarity is with the Jewish community. We must all resolutely oppose this antisemitic violence!” The FDP MP Frank Müller-Rosentritt wrote on the same network that antisemitism had once again shown “its hideous face”.