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“Yom Kippur 1938 fell on 5 October.”

Paris, 10 October 2019

In a letter to German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that “the Halle Jewish community dates back to the 12th century... On 10 November, 1938 – the ‘Kristallnacht State Pogrom’' saw the destruction of the local synagogue, 200 men sent to Buchenwald, and the obliteration of 800 years of Jewish Halle.”

“Interestingly,” continued the letter, “Yom Kippur 1938 fell on 5 October... It is known that both extreme right and Islamist terrorists often act to mark anniversaries.”

“If so, this may be a precursor to ‘Kristallnacht’,” suggested Samuels.

“Another disturbing point is the televised clip of the murderer in Halle. His returning back and forth to his car to take out additional weaponry seems to show a ‘police vacuum’.”

“The delayed reaction by the authorities in an obvious case of antisemitic terror demands an official investigation”... “Next month’s ‘Kristallnacht’ commemoration will require a maximum national alert,” concluded Samuels.