Arson attack against German synagogue: police

17th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Vandals mounted an arson attack against a synagogue in Worms, western Germany on Monday but the building was not damaged, authorities said.

Police said in a statement that they received a call overnight after unidentified assailants set alight a flammable liquid at several sites around the synagogue.

"The fire brigade was able to extinguish the blaze so the building was not damaged. Its walls, however, are black with soot," the statement said.

Police in Worms said they had joined forces with departments in neighbouring towns to investigate but had not yet produced any leads.

State prosecutors have opened a probe.

The first synagogue on the site dated from the 12th century but Nazi thugs set it ablaze on the Night of Broken Glass pogrom on November 9, 1938.

Its ruins were later completely flattened during the years of Nazi terror against Jews.

After World War II, the synagogue was rebuilt using recovered parts from the original structure and reopened in 1961.

© 2010 AFP

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