Germany: Jewish community, locals react after one injured in Hamburg synagogue attack

The Jewish community and Hamburg residents reacted to the Hohe Weide synagogue attack in which a 26-year-old Jewish student was seriously injured on Sunday evening. Philipp Stricharz, Chairman of the Jewish Community of Hamburg, who visited the injured student at the hospital, said on Monday morning the victim is acting «bravely and fearlessly.» He added, «We wanted to show him that we care about him and that he is in our thoughts and that's why we popped in.» As for the local community, many residents were left in shock as the attack took place less than a year after the Halle synagogue shooting which claimed the lives of two people. «The first reaction that I had yesterday was that I went to my wife and said 'we have to leave, I don't want to live in this place anymore. It has happened once again and so quickly,» said Martin, a Hamburg resident. Another local continued: «We asked ourselves how could this happen with the police presence.» According to Hamburg rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, who witnessed the attack, 'the offender came from behind and hit his face with a shovel very badly, very heavily.» The perpetrator, said to be a 29-year-old German citizen, was reportedly dressed in military clothing during the attack and carried a note with a swastika on it when he hit the student with a shovel, seriously injuring him. Police have opened an investigation into the background and motive of the alleged attacker who was arrested on the spot.

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