Nazi terrorist failed to massacre scores of Jewish worshipers inside German synagogue
80 Jewish lives were saved when a Nazi terrorist failed to shoot down the door and massacre worshipers inside a synagogue on Yom Kippur in the city of Halle, eastern Germany.
The Nazi terrorist, identified as 27-year-old Stephan Balliet, murdered two people outside the synagogue. He may have killed 80 more if it wasn’t for a locked door.
Around 80 terrified Jewish worshipers – including 10 Americans – were trapped inside the synagogue during the terror attack, which they watched unfold on security cameras that broadcast to TV screens inside the synagogue.
Roman R, 31, told local media that he was in the middle of Yom Kippur prayers when he heard a bang and went into the corridor to see smoke coming into the building.
The majority of those inside – including the elderly and children – went to find shelter while Roman and five other men barricaded the door to the prayer room, called police, and then prepared themselves to fight back.
“The perpetrator shot at the door several times and threw several Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, or grenades to try to get in. But the door stayed shut,” Max Privorozki, Jewish community spokesman, told Der Spiegel.
After the Nazi terrorist failed to enter the synagogue, he shot to death a woman near the local Jewish cemetery. He also shot at a man who had been standing next to a nearby shwarma stand.
The terrorist documented the attack with a head-mounted camera on the helmet he wore. The footage shows 35 minutes of the terror attack, including the murder of two people.
In the wake of the attack, Jewish community leaders criticized German authorities for failing to do enough to combat rising anti-Semitism, while demanding round-the-clock security for Jewish sites in the country.
‘The fact that 75 years after the Holocaust, such groups are gaining influence in Germany speaks volumes,’ Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, said.