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Nine months after the antisemitic and racist attack in Halle, the trial of the suspect Stephan B. began on July 21 in Magdeburg. Among others, the 28-year old is charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder in 68 cases.
On October 9, 2019, a heavily armed man attempted to storm the synagogue of the Jewish community of Halle, in order to cause a massacre among the Jews who were there. The perpetrator shot the passer-by Jana L. and made his way to a nearby Döner restaurant. There he shot the 20-year-old Kevin S. A video, which he streamed throughout his assault as well as documents uploaded preceding it, prove the extreme right, antisemitic and racist background of the crime.
While media attention is great at the beginning of such an elaborate process, experience shows that it declines rapidly with the tough course of the negotiations. However, we at democ. e. V. find it crucial to continuously monitor the process and keep a detailed record of the proceedings throughout the entire process, therefore, we will continuously observe the trial and report from it.
We have years of experience working scientifically and as journalists regarding antisemitism, the radical right, and terrorism, which leads us to be specially interested in: What exactly happened on October 9, 2019? How did Stephan B. radicalize himself? What political and social conditions made his act possible? And why could the authorities not stop him?
We will make first-hand reports of the respective trial days available online in German, English and Hebrew, and inform about the course of the proceedings in short videos.
Tuija Wigard has been devoting herself to the observation and analysis of anti-democratic movements for years. As a political scientist, she focuses on current manifestations of antisemitism, right-wing extremism and Islamism. Between 2017 and 2019, she worked for the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Antisemitism (JFDA) as an editor in the field of monitoring. Since the beginning of 2020 she is a board member of democ..
Linus Pook works as a video journalist dealing with antisemitism and the far right. Following his philosophy and theater science studies, he is currently studying in an interdisciplinary antisemitism research program in Berlin. From 2017 to 2019 he worked for JFDA as an editor, consultant and in the field of political communication. Currently, he is a board member of democ..
Michal Blau is a clinical psychology Master’s student and a scholar of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES). She was born in Israel and immigrated to Germany in 2014 and volunteers in organizations fighting antisemitism in parallel to her studies. She has a background in visual communication studies and volunteered as a designer and translator with hard of hearing persons in Israel and Germany.