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The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina was deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of the attack on the synagogue of Halle’s Jewish community and on a nearby kebab shop, in which two people were killed and several others injured. The members and staff of the Leopoldina offer their condolences to the families of the victims, wish a speedy recovery to all of the injured, and express their steadfast support for the Jewish community.
“We mourn for the victims of the attack in Halle. I am deeply disturbed by this attack on the Day of Atonement Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. We must resolutely oppose all forms of anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism. My sympathies go to the families of the two victims,” said Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
On Wednesday 9 October in Halle (Saale), two people were killed in an attack on the city’s synagogue and a shooting at a kebab shop. A number of other people were injured. The suspected attacker was detained the same afternoon.