Germany: Hanukkah Menorah Vandalized in Heilbronn
An original translation from Stimme Heilbronn.
Jewish Hanukkah Menorah Vandalized on the Street
December 26, 2017
Heilbronn. Over Christmas night, the Hanukkah Menorah of the Jewish community on Allee was vandalized. Does the deed have a political background?
By Kilian Krauth
Police are calling it “a sensitive matter”, but they are unable yet to determine whether it was a political deed or stupid mischief.
Upon Stimme’s inquiry, a spokesman confirms that the intelligence services will investigate. Monday morning at 9:45, a pedestrian noticed that the ca. three-metre-high Hanukkah Menorah in the Alley at Synagogengasse had been vandalized.
Many believers feel dumbfounded
The nine-branched candelabrum had been erected by the Jewish Community for the Hanukkah feast, which traditionally coincides with the Christmas season. Several lamps and their glass cartouches were knocked off by unknown perpetrators. The exact time of the deed and the financial extent of damage have not yet been determined.
Heilbronn Police, telephone 07131 1042500, are hoping for clues from witnesses.
A spokesman for the “Friends of the Synagogue” society says that many believers feel “like dumbfounded”. The society asks for donations as a sign of solidarity with the Jewish community, which is not well-off financially.
The Hanukkah Menorah in Heilbronn. Photo: Stimme