How a Frankfurt rabbi explains to Hanukkah children and the attacks in Halle

"You are our future": First graders of the Lichtigfeld school celebrate in the Ignatz-Bubis community center in Hanukkah
Picture: Francois Klein

Ten weeks after the Halle attack, Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah. How do you explain to school children what happened in Halle? A visit to the Jewish Lichtigfeld School in Frankfurt's Westend.

ein the late December afternoon. The first class of the Jewish Lichtigfeld school in Frankfurt's Westend celebrates in the Ignatz-Bubis community center in Hanukkah. The hall is festively lit, the rows of chairs are almost completely occupied. The rabbi tells a story about four brothers fighting the dark. The first chops her with a sword, the second wants to shovel her into a bucket, the third sweeps her away. The rabbi makes onomatopoeic chopping, shoveling and scrubbing noises, and the children squeak with pleasure. The fourth son just lights a candle, says Rabbi Julian-Chaim Soussan. "And everything was bright and good."

Leonie Feuerbach

Ten weeks earlier, on October 9, Yom Kippur's highest Jewish holiday, a right-wing extremist wanted to attack the Halle synagogue. The synagogue was not guarded, the attack only failed because the perpetrator was unable to enter the church – the door was custom-made, financed by donations from America. He then shot two passersby.

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