Door that held back Halle gunman is removed and will become part of memorial
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Door that held back Halle gunman is removed and will become part of memorial

The heavy wooden door will become the centrepiece of a memorial to the attack and the two bystanders killed by the assailant

A person with a flag of Israel stands next to flowers and candles in front of a synagogue in Halle, Germany, following a terror shooting on Yom Kippur (AP Photo/Jens Meyer via Jewish News)
A person with a flag of Israel stands next to flowers and candles in front of a synagogue in Halle, Germany, following a terror shooting on Yom Kippur (AP Photo/Jens Meyer via Jewish News)

Now pockmarked with bullets, the door of the synagogue in Halle, Germany, that held out a far-right gunman last October was replaced on Tuesday.

The heavy wooden door will become the centrepiece of a memorial to the attack and the two bystanders killed by the assailant, The Associated Press reported.

Its removal comes as the suspect, Stephan Balliet, is standing trial at the state court in Naumburg.

The gunman tried but failed repeatedly to force his way into the synagogue in Halle, in eastern Germany, with 52 worshippers inside during High Holiday services before opening fire near the synagogue and at a kebab shop, killing two. The assailant said that Jews are “the root of all problems.”

A manifesto believed to be written by the alleged attacker was posted online before the shooting and distributed by sympathisers on the messaging app Telegram. Written a week before the shooting, the manifesto said his objective was to “kill as many anti-whites as possible, Jews preferred.”

On the first day of the trial, which began a week ago, Balliet repeated antisemitic conspiracy theories and anti-immigrant statements, and showed no remorse, Deutsch Welle reported.

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