We remember the Pittsburgh massacre: 11 Jewish worshipers murdered by a neo-Nazi terrorist
On this day one year ago, on October 27, 2018, Jewish worshipers gathered for Shabbat services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, just as they did every Saturday when a neo-Nazi terrorist burst in armed with a semiautomatic weapon, murdering 11 and injuring seven more while yelling ‘all these Jews must die’.
Since then, antisemitic attacks have increased in both the United States and around the world.
The murdered include Jews who would have been children during the Holocaust and rise of Nazism.
🕯️Joyce Fienberg, 75
🕯️Richard Gottfried, 65
🕯️Rose Mallinger, 97
🕯️Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
🕯️Cecil Rosenthal, 59
🕯️David Rosenthal, 54
🕯️Bernice Simon, 84
🕯️Sylvan Simon, 86
🕯️Daniel Stein, 71
🕯️Melvin Wax, 88
🕯️Irving Younger, 69
The Tree of Life building has remained closed since the massacre. Worshipers from three congregations housed inside the synagogue, Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Life now worship at two nearby synagogues.
Neo-Nazi terrorist Robert Bowers, 46, surrendered to authorities after the shooting attack.
He was charged with 63 federal crimes, some of which are capital crimes. He has pleaded not guilty. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The first anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history is being marked around the world today.
The commemoration’s theme is “Remember. Repair. Together.”