On New Year’s Eve, a 21-year-old man in Ermreuth is said to have smashed the window pane of a synagogue and tried to set the synagogue on fire. According to the Bamberg public prosecutor’s office, it is apparently “an anti-Semitic motivated crime with a right-wing extremist background”. The Munich Central Office for Combating Extremism and Terrorism is investigating the case.
The statement of a police spokesman, who denied local anti-Semitism to the Jüdische Allgemeine, caused much criticism. In the meantime, the official has qualified his statement towards the BR.
Schloss Ermreuth has been in the headlines several times because of right-wing extremism: The place was the seat of the right-wing extremist organization “Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann”, which was banned in January 1980.
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung