On 19.12.2022, a demonstration took place in the city center of Erlangen in memory of Shlomo Lewin, rabbi and ex-chairman of the Jewish Community Nuremberg and his partner Frida Poeschke. They were murdered on 19 December 1980 by a member of the right-wing terrorist “Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann”. The event, organized by the Initiative “Kritisches Gedenken” (Critical Remembrance), was disrupted by extreme right-wing slogans by two men aged 46 and 26. The 26-year-old repeatedly shouted “Heil-Hitler” in the direction of the participants. When he continued this at the final rally, the police expelled him.
A few minutes later, following the memorial demonstration, a public Hanukkah celebration took place on Huguenot Square. Together with the Lord Mayor and city councillors, the Jewish Community of Erlangen celebrated the Festival of Lights with the lighting of the second candle on the Hanukkah candlestick. The 46-year-old also disturbed this celebration with loud music. Then he threw a glass bottle at the group of people. It broke on the ground, which fortunately did not hurt anyone. The police arrested the man, during which he shouted insults, spat around and also shouted “Heil-Hitler”.