In a statement, the Rabbinical Center of Europe confirmed that the incident took place late Saturday, November 8, in a synagogue of the Jewish Community Center in the Hungarian town of Debrecen, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital Budapest.
Sunday. November 9, was the commemoration of Kristallnacht, or “Night of the Broken Glass,” when 91 Jews were killed in violence whipped up by Nazi stormtroopers, while hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked in Germany and Austria.
The Kristallnacht is seen as the beginning of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War Two. Some 600.000 Hungarian Jews were among those who perished in the Holocaust.
The Rabbinical Center said anti-Semitic attacks were again “part of the daily life of Jews in Europe” and that it was necessary to educate young non-Jews about prejudice to combat its effects.
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Sunday’s incident in Debrecen came amid concerns over rising right-wing extremism in Hungary and groups such as the Magyar Garda, or Hungarian Guard, whose members wear uniforms resembling the Nazi-era.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for this weekend’s attack on the Jewish synagogue.