'Get Out of Germany, Jewish Pigs': Jewish Restaurant in Germany Attacked by neo-Nazis

The attack, which happened in the German town of Chemnitz - the site of recent ongoing protests - took place two weeks ago and appears to be one of the harshest anti-Semitic assaults by the German far-right in years

Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet
Uwe Dziuballa, the owner of "Shalom" who was injured in the attack, Chemnitz, Germany, September 8, 2018
Uwe Dziuballa, the owner of "Shalom" who was injured in the attack, Chemnitz, Germany, September 8, 2018Credit: AFP
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet

A Jewish restaurant in the German town of Chemnitz was attacked by neo-Nazis, the German weekly Die Welt am Sonntag reported Saturday.

The full details of the attack- which took place two weeks ago but was only reported Saturday- have not yet been revealed, but it appears to be one of the harshest anti-Semitic attacks perpetrated by the German far-right in many years.

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On August 27, around 22:00 P.M., the Kosher restaurant "Schalom" in Chemnitz was raided by a group of neo-Nazis clad in black, said the report.

"Shalom" restaurant in Chemnitz, Germany, September 8, 2018Credit: AFP

The town has seen a deluge of violent demonstrations by far-right groups in the past two weeks, which began in protest of the murder of a local citizen, suspected to have been committed by Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers on August 26.

The group reportedly shouted: "Get out of Germany, Jewish pigs," and hurled stones and bottles at the restaurant.

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Uwe Dziuballa, the owner of "Schalom," was wounded after being hit by one of the rocks and the restaurant suffered property damage.

Far-right protest in Chemnitz, Germany, September 7, 2018Credit: MATTHIAS RIETSCHEL/Reuters

The German official overseeing government struggles to battle anti-Semitism, Felix Klein, said that if the report proved to be true "We are talking about a new level of anti-Semitic crimes, which brings up the harshest of memories from the 1930s."

Dziuballa, descendent of a Jewish family from Chemnitz, opened his restaurant in 2000. The place has been a target of anti-Semitic attacks ever since, he said. These included the scrawling of swastika graffiti on the building, the shattering the restaurant's windows and even laying the head of a pig at its front door.

The last attack, reported on Die Welt am Sonntag, lasted "Ten seconds, which seemed like an hour," he said.

The German Interior Ministry treats the attack as an anti-Semitic incident and the investigation into it is ongoing.

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