On October 9th, 2019, during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur an armed far-right extremist attempted to enter a synagogue in the German city of Halle. After failing to enter the synagogue, he then opened fire on a passer-by and those in a nearby Turkish Kebab shop, killing two people.
In commemorating the anniversary of the 2019 Halle attack, EUJS & JSUD as part of the „Actions weeks against antisemitism in Germany“ will be hosting a virtual, online panel discussion in order to reflect on the horrors of last year and to look forward on the topics of Jewish community protection and on the rising antisemitism and far-right extremism in Europe.
We are very pleased to be hosting what will no doubt be a well-informed discussion on these important topics, with the four panelists taking part coming from a variety of backgrounds, including the top EU official on combating antisemitism, a survivor of the attack, and a practitioner of Jewish life in Germany, an expert of democracy and the rule of law and a leading researcher on far-right extremism.
On the panel:
- Katharina von Schnurbein
Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life in the European Commission.
- Grischa Stanjek
Co-founder and board member at democ., Director of Communications at IIBSA.
- Rebecca Blady
Survivor of the Halle attack, executive Director of Hillel Germany and co-founder of the central project Base BERLIN.
- Dr. Matthias Quent
Sociologist and founding director of the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (Institut für Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft) in Jena.
- Moderator: Ruben Gerczikow
Vice President European Union of Jewish Students, Vice President of the German Union of Jewish Students (JSUD).