Halle Synagogue Door to Become Art Project After Withstanding Attack

About a week after the anti-Semitic attack, head of Halle's Jewish community said there were different ideas on where the door would be kept in the future

People leave candles and flowers at a vigil in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany, on October 9, 2019, after a heavily-armed man shot two people dead.
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The door of the synagogue in the German city of Halle, which prevented a heavily armed right-wing extremist from getting in during an attack in October, will be turned into an art project and exhibited.

The decision was announced late Thursday by the head of Halle's Jewish community, Max Privorozki, after its representatives held their first meeting following the attack.

More details were not immediately available.

Approximately one week after the anti-Semitic attack, Privorozki had said that there were different ideas on where the door would be kept in the future.

"Maybe we will put it outside the synagogue in the courtyard so people see - as they enter the synagogue - how this door saved us," he had said at the time.

Another possibility would be for the door to be displayed in the city.

Around 50 people were in the synagogue on October 9 when the suspected attacker, identified only as Stephan B under German privacy laws, shot at the door and threw explosive devices.

The attack took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Stephan B has admitted he acted out of anti-Semitic and right-wing motives.

After he failed to force his way into the synagogue, he shot dead a 40-year-old woman in the street and a 20-year-old man in a nearby kebab shop. He also seriously injured a couple while fleeing.

The Jewish community is now in almost daily contact with state police officials to agree new security measures for the synagogue.

The regional bishop for the Protestant Church in central Germany, Friedrich Kramer, had said during a memorial service for the victims that it was a "miracle" that the door had withstood the attack.