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#HalleTrial Closing Statements

Closing Statement by Christina Feist

“Germany has an anti-Semitism and racism problem. That is a fact we cannot ignore any longer.” Your Honour,Dear co-plaintiffs,Ladies and gentlemen, I should like to start by briefly looking back: Over the past five months since the trial began, I have repeatedly received messages on social media. Initially and throughout the summer, those messages trivialised […]

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Closing Statement by I. B.

“Who of the people I grew up with might also be capable of such a crime?” I decided to become a co-plaintiff because I wanted to understand how something like this could happen. I wanted to understand how an average country kid could become a hate-fuelled murderer. When I testified as a witness the judge […]

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#HalleTrial Closing Statements

Closing Statement by Talya Feldman

“Sitting in this courtroom, I am constantly reminded that the law is not justice.” We have now heard the final statement of the Attorney General and of many lawyers representing co-plaintiffs from the Kiez-Döner shop, from Wiedersdorf, Kai’s Garage, from those targeted and run-over on the street, from the synagogue. We are all here to […]

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#HalleTrial Antisemitism Far-right extremism

25th Day of Trial Short Report: Defense Denies Attempted Murder in Attack on Synagogue

On December 9, 2020, the 25th day of the Halle trial, the defense of the accused gave its closing statement. Following antisemitic and criminal statements in the accused’s final speech, the presiding judge ended it after a few minutes. Hans-Dieter Weber, one of the two defense attorneys for the accused, said that his client had […]

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21th Day of Trial Short Report:Taking of evidence is closed

On November 18, 2020 the 21st day of the trial against the confessed attacker of Halle took place in Magdeburg. As the last witness of the trial, the sociologist Matthias Quent was heard as an expert witness. He testified about the ideological motives behind the act and contextualized it in the history of right-wing extremism […]

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#HalleTrial Antisemitism Far-right extremism

20th Day of Trial Short Report:“It Could Have Also Been Our Synagogue”

On 17 November 2020, on the 20th day of the Halle trial, Benjamin Steinitz, Managing Director of the Association of Antisemitism Research and Information Centers (RIAS), testified as an expert on the effects of the Halle attack on Jewish life in Germany. In addition, the expert Professor Leygraf completed his psychiatric report, in which he […]

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18th Day of Trial Short Report: Psychiatric Assessment Supports Holding the Accused Responsible

On 3 November 2020, the 18th day of the Halle trial, three experts and a survivor from the synagogue testified. The joint-plaintiff, once again, criticized the police’s handling of the attack. The attacker of Halle was angered by a psychiatrist who stated that he had a personality disorder and found him guilty. Once again, the […]

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17th Day of Trial Short Report: Once Again, Criticism of Investigating Authorities

On the 17th day of the trial, several law enforcement officials testified about the attacker’s time in prison. BKA officials (Bundeskriminialamt, German State Police) were also heard on the finance inquiries, the pre-crime phase and the evaluation of the music played by the attacker during the crime. The joint plaintiff’s attorneys again clearly criticized the […]

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16th Day of Trial Short Report: Unanswered questions about potential accomplices

On the 16th day of the trial, ballistics and forensic experts, a survivor of the attack and police officers who had arrested the alleged attacker were heard as witnesses. On October 13, 2020, the 16th day of the trial against the alleged attacker of Halle took place at the Magdeburg Regional Court. Experts for ballistics […]

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15th Day of Trial Short Report: “I had one life before October 9th and another one after it”

On September 23, 2020, on the 15th day of the Halle trial, a total of six witnesses testified. The primary focus was on the time period during which the accused tried to get a new car while fleeing. Several of the witnesses criticized the work of the police and the intrusiveness of the journalists. A […]