The Wiener Holocaust Library is appalled and outraged by the murderous attack on Jews gathered in Halle synagogue, Germany. This antisemitic crime was deliberate in its viciousness, targeting a place of worship on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends.

Dr Toby Simpson, Director of the Library, said:

“As the world’s oldest library of record documenting the Holocaust, it cannot escape our attention that the killer was a denier and that his motive was to spread hatred, fear and misinformation. Our work to expose and reject the lies of antisemites and Holocaust deniers must continue.”

The Wiener Holocaust Library is Britain’s largest specialist collection of books, documents, photographs and other materials for the study of the Holocaust and other genocides. It is clear that this horrific attack would have resulted in a greater loss of life were it not for the security measures in place at the synagogue. The Library is immensely grateful to the Community Security Trust and the police for their work to keep us safe.