Synagogue of Halle (Saale)

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Halle Synagogue © Allexkoch/cc-by-sa-4.0

Halle Synagogue © Allexkoch/cc-by-sa-4.0

The synagogue of Halle (Saale) is the house of worship of the Jewish community in Halle (Saale), which had 555 members in 2018. The building was originally built in 1894 as the Tahara House of the Jewish cemetery, laid out in 1864 northeast of downtown Halle, from white and yellow bricks according to plans by the architects Gustav Wolff and Theodor Lehmann. The conversion to a synagogue took place from 1948 after some renovations (consecrated in 1953) as a replacement for the old synagogue in the city center, which was destroyed during the November pogroms in 1938.

It is a simple hall building in the Moorish style with large arched windows. A tower in the middle of the front bears one of the characteristic four onion domes. Since the corners were also emphasized, a richly structured three-tower facade was created.

Memorial plaque for the terrorist attack of 9 October 2019 with the synagogue in the background. Wreaths of flowers can be seen in the foreground © Datesa/cc-by-sa-4.0 Halle synagogue shooting door © Reise Reise/cc-by-sa-4.0 Halle synagogue shooting plaque © Datesa/cc-by-sa-4.0 Halle Synagogue © Allexkoch/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Memorial plaque for the terrorist attack of 9 October 2019 with the synagogue in the background. Wreaths of flowers can be seen in the foreground © Datesa/cc-by-sa-4.0
When it was redesigned as a synagogue, the sacred building received various fixtures: the Bimah, Torah ark, stalls and a women’s gallery were added. The east entrance had to be closed for the Torah shrine, as this – as is traditionally customary – was placed in front of the east wall.

The Halle synagogue shooting occurred on 9 October 2019 and continued in nearby Landsberg. After unsuccessfully trying to enter the synagogue in Halle during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the attacker, later identified as 27-year-old Stephan Balliet, fatally shot two people nearby and later injured two others. Federal investigators called the attack far-right and antisemitic terrorism. The federal Public Prosecutor General took over the investigation and declared it to be a “violation of Germany’s internal security.” Balliet, a German neo-Nazi from Saxony-Anhalt, was charged with two counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. On 10 November 2019, Balliet confessed to the charges before an investigative judge at the Federal Court of Justice. On 21 December 2020, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with subsequent preventive detention.

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